AUBURN — Mario Fannin has been waiting his whole college life for Saturday night.
That’s when Fannin will officially be introduced as Auburn’s starting tailback in a revamped backfield that features players in new positions.
“It’s a good feeling, being able to suit up your senior season and being in a position that you really wanted to play since you got here,” Fannin says. “Now is the time to just show everybody that you can fulfill that position.”
The last time Auburn started a new backfield was in 2005. The Tigers, coming off a 13-0 season, started Brandon Cox, Tre Smith and Jake Slaughter in the opener against Georgia Tech and lost 23-14.
Auburn will be looking for better results at 6 p.m. Saturday against Arkansas State with a starting backfield of Fannin, quarterback Cam Newton and H-back/fullback Eric Smith.
Fannin’s 41 games over three-plus seasons are the most of any current Tiger. He’s been a good soldier by being the backup tailback, or playing a backfield position that required him to mostly catch passes and help on special teams.