Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch (12) throws a pass as Auburn linebacker Cassanova McKinzy (8) pressures him during the first half of the Birmingham Bowl NCAA college football game, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala. (Butch Dill | AP Photo)
Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch (12) throws a pass as Auburn linebacker Cassanova McKinzy (8) pressures him during the first half of the Birmingham Bowl NCAA college football game, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala. (Butch Dill | AP Photo)
Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch (12) throws a pass as Auburn linebacker Cassanova McKinzy (8) pressures him during the first half of the Birmingham Bowl NCAA college football game, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala. (Butch Dill | AP Photo)
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Auburn linebackers, defense raise their level of play for injured teammate Cassanova McKinzy

December 30, 2015 11:55 PM

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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.