Bigsby on the 2022 Auburn Tigers: 'We're all we've got'

Auburn Athletics photo / Auburn junior running back Tank Bigsby has rushed for 1,933 yards during his first two years with the Tigers and is a preseason All-SEC selection.

A lot of nicknames have amusing backstories, and it's no different with Auburn junior running back Tank Bigsby.

"My mom gave me the name Tank when I was in a rec game," Bigsby said last week at the Southeastern Conference's media days event in Atlanta. "I had been running, and my helmet came off, and I kept running.

"After the game, she said, 'Boy, you was moving like a tank.' Ever since then, everybody has called me Tank."

Bigsby, whose given first name is Cartavious, certainly has resembled a tank during his first two seasons with the Tigers, amassing 1,933 rushing yards. The 6-foot, 213-pounder from LaGrange, Georgia, was the SEC freshman of the year in 2020, rushing 26 times for 192 yards during a 24-10 win at Mississippi State just hours before the announcement of Gus Malzahn's firing.