Auburn RB Blakely leaves team, school

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn running back Mike Blakely has left the team and an already thin backfield.

Athletics spokesman Kirk Sampson said Wednesday Blakely is no longer enrolled. Blakely initially signed with Florida but transferred a few months later and sat out the 2011 season.

He played in six games for the Tigers and was third on the team with 153 yards on 33 carries.

Blakely's departure leaves Tre Mason and Corey Grant — a former walk-on — as the only returning scholarship tailbacks.

Junior college transfer Cameron Artis-Payne has signed to play for Auburn, which is expected to sign at least one more back on national signing day, next Wednesday.

The Tigers averaged just 148 rushing yards after Mike Dyer left the team and signee Jovon Robinson was declared ineligible.

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easleychuck writes:

The running back situation at Auburn will most likely be the reason that Jonathan "Rudy" Ford choosed the Plainsman over the Vols.

UT is loaded at running back compared to Auburn.

Olddogsrule writes:

New Coach .."Son, yu got 33 carries and 153 yards, that's close to four an a half yards per carry, but it ain't enough in the SEC. You ain't goin' to see a lot of playin' time this year. If you leave, you can transfer to a small school an get to play." (An we can use that scholly fer someone else!!!!!)

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