Auburn football names honorary team captains versus Arkansas

Auburn football will head into their third SEC matchup of the season as an unranked team and underdog versus the #17 Arkansas Razorbacks. Both Auburn and Arkansas will be coming off of a loss, the Tigers falling to Georgia and the Razorbacks losing by a mere point to Ole Miss.

First-year head coach Bryan Harsin made it clear after Auburn football’s first loss of the season to Penn State that there would be no players of the game selected following losses, which just adds to the new, stronger culture he’s building on the Plains. However, each week the coaching staff names two honorary team captains to stand alongside the season-long captains Owen Pappoe and Chandler Wooten.

Despite the loss to what is now the #1 team in the nation, the Tigers showed promise in some areas even while others were severely lacking. Auburn football announced this week that their honorary captains for game seven will be redshirt sophomore safety Zion Puckett and sophomore punter Oscar Chapman:

Zion Puckett is entering his third year with the Tigers and got several starts last season on Gus Malzahn’s squad. He is the fourth-leading tackler for Auburn with 27 total on the season behind Chandler Wooten, Zakoby McClain, and Colby Wooden. The safety has made at least two total tackles in every game this season, including a season-high 10 tackles from last weekend’s game versus Georgia.

Oscar Chapman came to Auburn football from Australia prior to last season and played all but one of the Tigers’ 2020 games. So far at Auburn Chapman has made 49 punt attempts for 2,081 yards and an average percent of 42.5. His longest punt to date has been 67 yards from last year’s Citrus Bowl versus Northwestern.

Both athletes will be key to helping the Tigers defeat the Razorbacks in this weekend’s 11:00 a.m. showdown.