AU's Hawthorne moving on

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn receiver Tim Hawthorne isn't waiting for the Outback Bowl to move on.

Hawthorne graduated Friday and decided to leave the team ahead of the Tigers' New Year's Day game against Northwestern.

Hawthorne was a highly recruited player out of Homewood High School but had only 13 catches in his career.

He had a fifth year of eligibility remaining.

Hawthorne's career has been marred by injuries. He also missed much of spring practice in 2007 after sustaining injuries in a car wreck that killed a friend.

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