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Auburn linebacker Ashton Richardson named Rhodes Scholarship finalist

Ole Miss’ Bo Wallace gets an Ash-Ton of Richardson.

For the fourth straight year, Auburn has a student-athlete Rhodes Scholarship finalist. This time it’s Auburn linebacker and animal sciences major—make that Honors College animal sciences major with a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine—Ashton Richardson.

The four-year letter winner is a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll honoree and has a 3.94 GPA. His Honors thesis is tentatively titled “Comparison of Articular Cartilage Thickness in Cadaveric Equine Limbs.” He wants to be an equine surgeon. He is smarter than you.

“I am an aspiring veterinarian, but studying at Oxford would be a tremendous opportunity to pursue my dream of using my education to give back. These scholarships are set up to prepare individuals to ‘fight the world’s fight,'” Richardson said in a university press release.

“The Auburn Family has been tremendous in helping me pursue my dreams. From the day I walked on to campus, there have been numerous people who have embraced me and have gone above and beyond to help me handle the challenges of being a student. My experience in athletics has taught me hard work and perseverance, and applying yourself every day. If I can go to the interviews and adequately represent what I have learned and experienced at Auburn, it will be an incredible experience.”

In two weeks Richardson will join 12 other finalists in Birmingham for a two-day interview before the District VII Selection Committee. Two will be selected as Rhodes Scholars.

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