By Justin Nails
AUBURN—Former Hewitt-Trussville wide receiver Noah Igbinoghene, gained SEC Special Teams Player of the Week honors after returning a third quarter kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown against Arkansas on Saturday. The kickoff return was the first touchdown returned for Auburn since 2013.
The return came after Arkansas had scored on a field goal on a 10-play, 68-yard drive that took almost four minutes off the clock and cut the Tigers lead to two touchdowns. Igbinoghene’s touchdown was just the answer Auburn needed to effectively put the game out of reach as the Tigers offense was hit and miss all day long.
The kickoff return is Igbinoghene’s first of his career and just his third return on the season. His first was an 18-yard return against Washington and a 27-yard return against Alabama State. Igbinoghene also recorded two tackles and forced a fumble on defense that resulted in an Auburn field goal.
As a freshman, Igbinoghene had six receptions for 24 yards, one rush for 11 yards, and 24 kick returns for 571 yards, averaging 23.8 yards per return.
On the season, Igbinoghene has 13 total tackles, three pass deflections, and one forced fumble.
Igbinoghene is a 2017 graduate of Hewitt-Trussville. According to 247Sports, Igbinoghene was ranked as the 13th best overall player in the state of Alabama, the 39th ranked wide receiver, and the 290th best overall player.