A huge smile stretched across Jaylin Simpson’s face Wednesday when a reporter asked him what he thought about the way defensive coordinator Derek Mason was aligning the Auburn football secondary this spring.

AUBURN — The hottest debate in the Auburn football complex surrounding J.J. Pegues’ move from tight end to defensive line had nothing to do with what position he should play.

AUBURN — Auburn football coach Bryan Harsin raised a few eyebrows on Zoom when he suggested last month that fan favorite tight end J.J. Pegues could make an impact in all three phases, including defense.

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