Senior Day A Special One For McCalebb

Onterio McCalebb

Auburn senior Onterio McCalebb had a big day for his final home game at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Auburn, Ala.—Senior Day proved to be a fitting end to Onterio McCalebb's football career at Jordan-Hare Stadium for the Tigers as the speedster carried the ball 15 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns and caught two passes for 38 yards in Auburn's 51-7 win over Alabama A&M.

With his day McCalebb now has 2,589 rushing yards to rank ninth in Auburn history. He's currently fifth in all-purpose yardage at Auburn with 4,485 yards, third in receptions for a running back with 62 and fifth in running back receiving yardage with 609 yards.

He's also only the second player in SEC history to have more than 2,000 rushing yards, 1,000 return yards and 500 receiving yards in a career. That's phenomenal for a player who some thought was too small to be a big success on the SEC level.

"I think that's a blessing from God," McCalebb said of his success as a college athlete. "Without Him none of that would have been happening.

"I give all my credit to my teammates and coaches for putting me in the situation to do that. I give all the credit to them. It's a blessing to go out there and do that because when I got out of high school a lot of people said ‘you're too small to do this or that in the SEC.' I basically have to go out there and prove them wrong."

That's something that McCalebb has done time and time again for the Tigers throughout his career. Playing a big role for much of his first three seasons, the senior hasn't had the chance to impact Auburn's offense as much in 2012 because of the struggles they've had throughout the year.

Offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler said it was fun to finally get both McCalebb and Tre Mason rolling in the same game for the first time this year. Mason added 181 yards and two touchdowns on just 12 carries as Auburn pounded out 341 yards on the ground in the win.

"It was great," Loeffler said. "He was able to get 100 yards, I believe 114 yards rushing. We were able to get Mason 175. It was good to see us running the football."

Onterio McCalebb celebrates a touchdown with tight end Brandon Fulse (11).

With just one game left in their careers at Auburn, a dozen seniors walked off the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium for the final time as a winner on Saturday. Hoping for many more of those days before his career is done, freshman quarterback Jonathan Wallace said seeing McCalebb and the other seniors smiling was one of the high points of the season for him.

"It was great feeling just being able to win, and it was all the seniors not just Onterio," Wallace said. "Being able to go out there and play for those guys, I'm sure it's a great feeling for them. Just being able to play for those guys was just great."

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