Auburn's Savage granted 6th year by NCAA

AUBURN, AL - Auburn football defensive back Aairon Savage has been granted a sixth year of eligibility. Savage missed the 2008 and 2009 seasons with injuries.

A native of Albany, Ga., Savage played in 2006 and 2007, earning Freshman All-SEC honors in 2006 after registering 53 tackles while starting in 11 contests. As a sophomore, he made 26 tackles while playing in seven games.

"We're very happy for Aairon that he has received a sixth year of eligibility," Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said. "The last few years have been difficult for him, but Aairon has worked extremely hard and shown a tremendous amount of determination to get to where he is today. We look forward to seeing him in an Auburn uniform this fall."

Savage graduated in December 2008 with a degree in exercise science and is currently pursuing a graduate degree.

Auburn opens the 2010 season on Sept. 4 against Arkansas State in Jordan-Hare Stadium.