Auburn coach Gus Malzahn confirmed a report from 247 Sports revealing signee Brodarious Hamm is battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
The Spalding senior offensive lineman signed with the Tigers on national signing day in February.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family,” Malzahn said Tuesday night after his team’s sixth practice of the spring. “He's a fine young man with a fine family. He's got a great attitude.”
The 6-foot-5, 320-pounder is the second player from Auburn’s 2016 Class to be diagnosed with cancer. Wekiva defensive tackle Tashawn Manning was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APML) in December.
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“Very unfortunate and like we've talked about before we've had experience with players -- Shon Coleman, Tashawn (Manning),” Malzahn said. “We're going to be there for him. He's going to get through this. We expect him to be with us after a short period of time after he gets healthy.”
According to 247 Sports, Hamm started chemotherapy two weeks ago and has been told by doctors his long-term prognosis is positive. He still hopes to enroll at Auburn in May, but Hamm and Malzahn didn’t offer a timeline for the lineman’s treatment.
Auburn’s offensive line coach Herb Hand took to Twitter to voice his support of Hamm.
“@brodariousH is an Auburn MAN and we have his back...Football will take care of itself after he whips cancer's ass,” Hand tweeted.