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Auburn hands out team awards at year-end football banquet

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Peyton Barber poses with the offensive player of the year trophy he won at Auburn's football banquet Saturday night.
Peyton Barber poses with the offensive player of the year trophy he won at Auburn's football banquet Saturday night.

Auburn handed out its team awards Saturday night at the year-end football banquet.

Running back Peyton Barber was named the Offensive Player of the Year and Blake Countess was the Defensive Player of the Year.

Barber has a chance in Birmingham Bowl to break the 1,000-yard mark. He finished the regular season with 226 carries for 998 yards with 13 touchdowns.

Countess didn’t arrive on campus until the summer as a graduate transfer from the University of Michigan, but he made an immediate impact starting all 12 games and playing multiple positions in the team’s secondary. He had 65 tackles, two interceptions and 10 pass-breakups.

Kicker Daniel Carlson was the team’s overall Player of the Year.

The Lou Groza Award finalist set a handful of school records connecting on 22 of 26 field goal attempts with four from 50-plus yards. He was voted to the All-SEC Coaches First Team earlier in the week.

Other awards handed out included the offensive newcomer of the year going to lineman Austin Golson and defensive newcomer of the year to cornerback Carlton Davis.

Jonathan Wallace was the team’s senior offensive captain and Justin Garrett was the defensive captain.

“Thank you to my teammates and coaches for voting me as the Auburn defensive team captain #WDE,” Garrett tweeted Saturday night.

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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