The 2016 recruiting class was one of the best ever in Auburn’s history, and it’s one of college football’s best classes to come in a long time.
And it’s also one of its most talented, especially in the air.
Auburn quarterback Jaelen Strong, offensive lineman Nick Linder, wide receiver Chris Harris Jr. and defensive lineman Nick Rolovich were all named to the AP top 100.
Strong was named to his first All-America team.
Rolovitch was a first-team All-Big Ten pick, Harris was named first-Team All-American, Harris and Linder earned first-round NFL draft grades and Harris earned a second-team AP All-State selection.
The offensive line was a big factor in Auburn winning the SEC East title, and they also helped lead the Tigers to a national championship last season.
They were the team’s best offensive line unit in 2015 and led the nation in tackles for loss (3.0), sacks (2.5) and forced fumbles (2).
Linder and Harris were both second-year starters for the Tigers.
Linder was one year removed from starting at right tackle for the Crimson Tide and led Auburn to its first SEC Championship Game appearance in six years.
Harris was a second team All-SEC selection, the second Auburn offensive lineman to be named to a first team all-conference team.
Harris and Rolovanich earned All-Sun Belt Conference honors.
Linder led the way on the ground and rushed for 1,846 yards, which led the team, and ranked second nationally.
Strong ran for 1.3 million yards and 16 touchdowns, but also finished fifth nationally in rushing touchdowns (28).
Harris and Harris led the Tigers in both rushing and receiving yards.
The defensive line was the best unit in college football, and the Auburn defensive line allowed just 17.5 points per game.
It was also the best defensive line in college sports history.
Strong, Harris, Linder (and Harris) were all first-year players, and Linton was the team leader in sacks and tackles for a loss.
Strong led Auburn in sacks (7.0) and tackles (6.5).
Harris, who was a true freshman, led the Auburn defense with 13.5 tackles for sacks, including a team-leading five forced fives.
Linton and Harris also had five sacks apiece.
Rolovich was a consensus All-Pac-12 selection.
He was the third defensive end in SEC history to earn first- and second-Team all-Pac 12 awards.
He led Auburn with 1,564 tackles (third-most on the team), and had 12.5 sacks.
Harris also led Auburn’s defensive tackles with 8.5.
Harris, Harris (and Linton) were also All-Defensive First Team selections.
The Auburn secondary was one big reason the Tigers were able to stay undefeated in 2016.
The Tigers allowed just 14.2 points per contest and finished third in the SEC in interceptions.
They ranked fourth in pass deflections allowed, seventh in pass breakups and ninth in interceptions surrendered.
The defense also led the SEC with 24 interceptions, which was the fourth most on the Auburn roster.
The secondary helped lead Auburn to the biggest win in school history and a national title.
Strong and Harris each had 1,000-yard receiving seasons.
Landon Collins led the secondary in interceptions (14), while Linton (14) and Harris (13) each were second in the league in interceptions per game (3).