Senior spotlight: Auburn tight end Hayden Brice

Football By: Nelson Garris

Hayden Brice

AUBURN, Ala. – Still relatively new to the Plains, tight end Hayden Brice is experiencing Auburn football at a whole new level this fall.              
A transfer from community college in his home state of Mississippi, Brice caught eight passes for 136 yards for Pearl River in 2018 and tallied eight catches for 220 yards and touchdown for Northeast Mississippi in 2019.  
A standout at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in his hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, BrIce produced 2,096 all-purpose yards and 1,023 rushing yards while also recording 45 tackles, an interception and three forced fumbles.
Brice also competed in basketball, swimming and track and field.
Just before the 2020 football season, Brice transferred to Auburn to continue his studies and play football, making a position change from receiver to tight end.
“I decided that if I was going to walk on, I was going to go big, and I decided to choose Auburn,” he said. “It’s one of the best choices I have ever made in my life. I was actually born in Montgomery and my mom went to Tuskegee, so I had been around Auburn before, but I never knew I would actually end up playing for this team I grew up enjoying. So far, I have not one single complaint about this beautiful campus.
“It really is incomparable in almost every aspect. The people here are family, and the college town is way above any other college town I have seen. It is just perfect, and I would not change anything about Auburn.
“I didn’t really get to experience the team too much with Covid-19 occurring. But once I did get to meet some of the guys, it really helped me feel more at home.
“Coming from a small community college to one of the biggest SEC programs, it was just a completely different ball game.
“We all push each other every day to give our very best out on the field and those guys encouraging me are the kind of teammates I want to have on my team.
“I want to be one of the best teams in the SEC and I would love for us to make a playoff run this year.”
One of Brice’s favorite football memories occurred when he was in one of his first practices at Auburn and ended up catching a couple of passes against the starting defense.
An accounting major in Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business, Brice plans to own and operate a business in Jackson while supporting the community’s young athletes.
As an Auburn student-athlete, Brice is getting a first-hand education in the meaning of War Eagle.
“I think of tradition, the way anyone who has ever gone to Auburn knows that saying War Eagle means that they have your back,” he said. “People who go to Auburn take this saying very seriously and it is who we are. This is our family, and this is what we do.
“It is a dream to come true coming to Auburn and wearing these colors proudly. To the fans, I will always remember these days and I just want to say thank you for cheering us on — War Eagle!”
 Hayden Brice on the sideline during Auburn scrimmage
Nelson Garris is a student worker with Auburn Athletics media relations

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