AUBURN — From the day he set foot on campus four years ago as a gangly teen from south Florida, Wesley Byrum has been Auburn’s starting kicker.
That achievement may pale in comparison to similar feats of longevity by a quarterback or a defensive lineman, but Byrum’s four-year tenure remains impressive.
He’s survived two head coaches and a tumultuous season that coincided with a mild sophomore slump but emerged as the program’s all-time leading scorer and one of its most reliable kickers.
Auburn kicker Wes Byrum (18) walks off the field after kicking a first half field goal against LSU (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Byrum will kick in his final regular season game Friday at Bryant-Denny Stadium, a rare venue in which he has never attempted a field goal.
“I think the main difference is it’s my last time going out there,” said Byrum, who has helped Auburn to a perfect 11-0 record and a place in next week’s SEC title game. “When I was younger, you always had the next season, you always had more games. Even if things didn’t pan out the way you wanted them to, I knew I had more games to play. Now I’m looking at the last games of my career. It’s a weird feeling.”