SAMMIE COATESWide ReceiverAuburn Tigers6-1, 212Leroy, AlabamaLeroy High School3rd Round – 87th Overall
A three-year starter, finished with a 19-game reception streak…tabbed second-team All-SEC…finished 10th in career receiving at Auburn (1,757 yards) with seven career 100-yard games…hauled in 13 career touchdown catches.
Started seven of 12 games played, catching 34 passes for 741 yards and four touchdowns…tallied 144 yards on four catches vs. LSU, with a 56-yard touchdown…gained 122 receiving yards on five catches at Ole Miss, with a 57-yard scoring grab…Auburn Iron Bowl-record 206 yards receiving at Alabama on five catches, with touchdowns of 34 and 68 yards.
Made 12 starts in 14 games played, totaling 42 catches for 902 yards and seven touchdown receptions…ranked third in nation in yards per catch (21.5) and averaged 54.1 yards per touchdown catch…had 14 receptions of 30 yards…68-yard touchdown catch vs. Arkansas State was a career long, and the first 60 yard pass play for Auburn since 2010…had 139 yards on four catches at LSU, with long gains of 42 and 52 yards…104 yards on five catches at Texas A&M, including a 43-yard touchdown … gained 113 yards on just three catches vs. Florida Atlantic, with touchdowns of 67 and 36 yard…88-yard touchdown reception at Arkansas was third longest pass play in AU history; had 102 yards receiving vs. Arkansas, his third consecutive 100-yard game…had two of AU's three receptions in Tennessee win…four catches in Georgia win, including a 39-yard fourth-quarter touchdown to tie the game with 0:32 remaining was one of two catches in win over Alabama…94 yards receiving, 38-yard touchdown catch in SEC championship game vs. Missouri…four receptions for 61 yards in the BCS title game.
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Part of the wide receiver rotation as a redshirt freshman…saw first collegiate action vs. Clemson…first career touchdown was a leaping grab of a 33-yard Hail Mary in the endzone on the last play of first half vs. ULM…caught a nine-yard touchdown against Alabama A&M.
Did not play after suffering a preseason injury.
Ranked No. 57 nationally among wide receivers and the No. 10 player in the state of Alabama by Scout.com…named the nation's No. 71 wide receiver and the No. 21 player from the state of Alabama by Rivals.com…listed as the nation's No. 73 wide receiver by ESPN.com/Scouts Inc.…listed as the No. 26 recruit from Alabama by SuperPrep…named to the All-Southeast Region team by PrepStar…No. 7 on the Birmingham News' list of the Alabama Super Seniors…ranked eighth on the Mobile Press-Register's Elite 18 and No. 102 in the Press-Register's Super Southeast 120…named to the Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern Team as a first-team selection from Alabama…selected to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game following his senior season…Super 12 team and the 2010 Class 2A Back of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association…caught 57 passes as a senior for 1,170 yards and 14 touchdowns…led his team to the 2010 Alabama Class 2A state championship, earning MVP honors after hauling in five catches for 60 yards and two touchdowns, rushing six times for 27 yards and a score, punting twice for 63 yards and returning a punt for 5 yards…caught 50 passes for 788 yards and 10 touchdowns during his junior campaign…as a sophomore, caught 18 passes for 477 yards and four touchdowns while intercepting three passes on defense.
Born in Leroy, Ala.…son of Sharon Coates…graduated in December of 2014 with a degree in public administration.