Feb. 11, 2015
Football is a family affair for Auburn's Tim Irvin
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Tim Irvin thought a second and concluded that just about every story written about him includes his famous Hall of Fame uncle.
Here's another one.
The new Auburn defensive back who is already enrolled in school and appeared on the Tigers' Signing Day list is the nephew of NFL Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, the former Dallas Cowboys' headline-grabbing receiver.
Another uncle, Sedrick Irvin, played in the NFL with Detroit and Miami. He was Tim Irvin's coach at Westminster Christian High School in Palmetto, Fla.
The younger Irvin says he's OK with the talk about his pro football-playing relatives. Why not? He hopes to follow in their footsteps.
He'll try to get a jump on that at Auburn, where he and seven other early enrollees will participate in spring practice when it begins March 10.
"I feel like it's real important to get a jump so I can compete with all the other DBs," Irvin said.
Irvin had offensive numbers at Westminster, as in 2,100 rushing yards, 1,145 receiving yards and 43 touchdowns. But he also had 231 tackles and was named to the U.S. Army All-American Game.
Irvin said he was happy to think defense.
"It wasn't tough. During my senior year I felt my best path was as a defensive back," he said. "Offense-wise, I had some pretty good stats, but I talked to my family and they preferred me playing on defense."
Tim Irvin committed to Texas, but switched to Auburn when Will Muschamp was hired as defensive coordinator. Auburn had already recruited him, and Irvin knew Muschamp from the days when Muschamp was Florida's head coach. Irvin knew Auburn secondary coach and former Florida assistant Travaris Robinson as well.
"They had been recruiting me since my freshman year and I had wanted to play for those guys," Irvin said. "He's one of the great defensive coordinators in college football and I felt like I wanted to be a part of that.
"He asked me what I wanted to do, I said I wanted to come play for you guys. I had built the bond early with those guys and I felt like there was a brotherhood and fatherhood to me."
Muschamp's advice since Irvin arrived?
"He said I've just got to come out and compete every day if I want to play in the fall," Irvin said.
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