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September 2, 2014 8:33 PM

Gus Malzahn: Auburn ball boy's speed 'impressive' (w/video)

AUBURN, Ala. — Jake Longenecker has become a viral sensation since Saturday. Longenecker is better known as the Auburn ball boy who nearly matched Melvin Ray step-for-step on the receiver's 49-yard first quarter touchdown catch. The burst of quickness was enough to catch Malzahn's eye.

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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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