Whitaker's emotional journey to Auburn

Auburn's touted freshman class is expected to play a big role for the Tigers this season, particularly on defense.

There wasn't much of any depth to speak of a year ago on defense for the Tigers, and they ran out of gas down the stretch.

Several talented freshmen hope to fill in the gaps this season, and one of them is defensive tackle Jeffrey Whitaker. It all starts later Saturday against Arkansas State in the opener.

Phillip Marshall of AuburnUndercover.com has a touching piece on Whitaker's circuitous and heart-tugging journey to the Plains.