Canadian receiver Nick Mardner has transferred to Auburn University, he announced on Monday.
The six-foot-six, 215-pound target spent this past season at the University of Cincinnati where he made 19 receptions for 218 yards and three touchdowns over 12 games. It was a disappointing season for Mardner given that he was a relatively high-profile transfer following four years at the University of Hawai’i.
Mardner had a breakout season at Hawai’i in 2021, making 46 catches for 913 yards and five touchdowns. He was named an All-Mountain West honourable mention and, following the season, was named a finalist for the Jon Cornish Trophy, awarded annually to the top Canadian football player in the NCAA.
The native of Mississauga, Ont. redshirted with the Rainbow Warriors in 2018 before dressing for eight games over the next two seasons, making 16 catches for 357 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 20.5 yards per reception over his tenure at Hawai’i.
Mardner was the fifth-ranked prospect on the initial scouting bureau rankings for the 2023 CFL Draft. He is expected to remain a member of the draft class despite going back to school for a final year of NCAA eligibility.
The transfer to Auburn has reunited Mardner with receivers coach Marcus Davis, who served as the receivers coach at Hawai’i in 2021. He will also play under longtime CFL quarterback and head coach Kent Austin, who has reportedly accepted a role on Auburn’s coaching staff.
Mardner is a graduate of Clarkson Secondary School, which is located in his hometown.