Thursday, July 2, 2009

Two AU players giving up football

LB Da'Shaun Barnes and DL Andre Wadley are both giving up football before ever playing their first games for the Tigers.

Both players have accepted medical hardships, meaning they will receive a free education but will no longer be on the team roster. They will also not count against Auburn's scholarship count. first reported the news on Wednesday.

Barnes was on Auburn's roster last season but did not play. He sat out spring practice with a hip injury.

Wadley was supposed to be a true freshman last year but suffered an undisclosed illness during a summer workout a year ago.

With Wadley and Barnes now leaving the team -- in addition to the dismissals of LB Marcus Jemison, S Christian Thompson and DL Jomarcus Savage -- the Tigers now have five empty scholarship slots. I'm not yet sure what Auburn will do with those spots. This is just a hunch, but I've got to think punter Clinton Durst might finally get the scholarship he so badly wants.

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