Big man in town

Small-town Auburn, Calif., getting big attention due to DT Eddie Vanderdoes

Updated: August 22, 2012, 2:32 PM ET
By Blair Angulo | WeAreSC
AUBURN, Calif. -- A large banner hangs above a narrow street amid tall pine trees and wooden light posts, it's green and yellow letters greeting commuters as they enter the old town district off Interstate 80. It adds a modern touch to the vintage feel this place has sustained over the years.

Not much football history had been written here until recently, but the banner's endorsement of Placer football hints at the current buzz generated by Eddie Vanderdoes, who might just be the biggest thing to hit this small town since the gold rush.

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