Friday, January 9, 2009

Four players not enrolled in classes

Receiver Chris Slaughter, cornerback Ryan Williams, linebacker Tray Blackmon and defensive end Raven Gray are all not enrolled at Auburn for the spring semester.
Auburn coach Gene Chizik said he has not spoken to any of the four players.
He said none of the players have officially left the program yet, but wouldn’t be surprised if they did.
“That’s probably where it’s leaning,” Chizik said Friday morning while meeting with reporters. “Without shutting the door complete on all of the issues, I’d say that’s where you could lean and be pretty correct.”
Slaughter told on Thursday night that his playing career at Auburn was finished. He caught 15 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown in 2008 despite being suspended for three games and also missing the Alabama game.
Williams, who spent his season in Tommy Tuberville’s doghouse, has enrolled at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss.
Several news outlets have indicated Blackmon is no longer enrolled in class so he can attempt a career in the Canadian Football League. Blackmon, a former five-star recruit, never put together a full year at Auburn because of various injuries and suspensions. He started just five games this year, recording 21 tackles.
Gray, a five-star recruit last year coming from junior college, never played a game at Auburn. He missed the season while trying to regain strength in his surgically repaired knee.
His career has apparently ended before he will ever take the field for a game at Auburn.
Offensive lineman Chaz Ramsey, on the other hand, is still enrolled in classes at Auburn. The program granted Ramsey a release during the fall that would have allowed him to play for a couple SEC schools as well as out of the conference. It was not immediately clear if Ramsey’s back would ever be healthy enough to resume his playing career.
Ramsey’s tenuous relationship with the former coaching staff could have played a role in his decision to get away from the football program. He was still considering staying for academic reasons during the fall.
Chizik said he has not yet spoken with Ramsey either.

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