Hawthorne Not Returning for Fifth Year

Tim Hawthorne

Auburn wide receiver Tim Hawthorne is graduating and has decided not to return for the 2010 season.

Auburn, Ala.--Redshirt junior Tim Hawthorne has decided not to return for a redshirt senior season.

The reserve wide receiver from Homewood High will graduate this week from Auburn following an injury-plagued collegiate career.

"Tim is graduating and has decided to move forward with his career," Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said. "We are very appreciative of what Tim gave to the Auburn football program during the last four years and congratulate him on earning his degree. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors."

Hawthorne played in 10 games this season after coming back from an injury and caught one pass for three yards. He also saw action on special teams.

Wide receiver coach Trooper Taylor said, "Everything is about family here so obviously it was an open discussion. Tim has graduated and has got his degree. He is part of this family. The door is always going to be open to him. He hasn't burned any bridges. He will always be part of the Auburn family, an Auburn man.

Tim Hawthorne

"I am proud of him to get his degree," Taylor added. "For him to make the decision to move on that is obviously his decision to make. We really support what he did because he has done what we asked him to do, which was come in and get his degree.

"The kid was banged up and hurt some," Taylor said. "It is a tough deal. He and his family are excited about it and he is happy with where he is at and so are we."

Hawthorne, a prep All-American, redshirted as a true freshman in 2006. He started three games and caught four passes for 47 yards in 2007. He caught eight passes for 203 yards and started once in 2008.

In addition to his on the field injury problems, the wide receiver was seriously injured in a traffic accident that also limited his playing time.

Terrell Zachery is one of the wide receivers who made it difficult for Tim Hawthorne to get playing time this year. Zachery is shown at Auburn's bowl practice.

Chizik put the Tigers through a two-hour practice in full pads on Thursday night. The Tigers spent part of the session going against the scout team putting in the game plan for their New Year's Day game vs. Northwestern in the Outback Bowl. The Tigers also emphasized individual attention for backup players in the workout.

"We had a good practice and the guys are really focused in on getting ready to play Northwestern," said number two quarterback Neil Caudle, who won praise for the way he threw the football on Thursday night. "I thought I had a pretty good practice," he said. "The players are excited about the bowl trip."

Malzahn said he liked what he saw Thursday night. We had a good practice," the offensive coordinator and QB coach said. "Our guys were really focused. We came out and we threw the ball quite a bit. Our quarterbacks did well. They threw the ball on time and our line did a solid job up front."

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