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August 15, 2014 8:30 PM

With running back behind him, Auburn's Johnathan Ford 'at home' on defense

AUBURN, Ala. — Just before Auburn began spring practice, Jonathan Ford went into Gus Malzahn's office. A rising sophomore, the player known to his teammates as "Rudy" hoped to hear he was returning to running back -- his favorite position and the spot the Tigers originally recruited him to play. Indeed,

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Mike Niziolek joins the Ledger-Enquirer after spending the past three years with MLive.com. The past year he covered Eastern Michigan University athletics, including football and recruiting. He also filled in as a backup writer for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and University of Michigan. Mike is a 2004 graduate of Michigan State.

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