A key piece of Auburn's secondary will be back for the 2024 season.
Monday morning, defensive back Keionte Scott announced that he would be returning to the Plains next season instead of entering the 2024 NFL Draft.
Scott is currently in his second season on the Plains and has recorded 41 tackles, four pass breakups and two tackles for loss through nine games played with Auburn's matchup against Maryland in the TransPerfect Music City Bowl still to play.
Scott has also been a threat for the Tigers returning punts. The California native has returned 12 punts for 188 yards and one touchdown this season and was named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week after Auburn's game against Arkansas where Scott had a 74-yard touchdown on a punt return.
In 2022, Scott totaled 53 tackles, four tackles for loss and three pass breakups over his first season with Auburn.
Scott's return to Auburn could serve as a crucial one as the Tigers will lose D.J. James, Nehemiah Pritchett and Jaylin Simpson from their defensive back room to the NFL. Additionally, safety Marquise Gilbert announced Thursday that he had entered the transfer portal.
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Jacob Waters is a senior majoring in journalism. From Leeds, Alabama, he started with The Plainsman in August, 2021.