Could Auburn's backfield be even deeper this fall?
While Auburn is still searching for a new starting quarterback to replace last year's Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, the Tigers are set at running back with second-year phenom Michael Dyer and rising junior Onterio McCalebb. And the talented backs may be leaned on more heavily in Gus Malzahn's offense until Barrett Trotter, Clint Moseley or even big-time recruit Kiehl Frazier gets comfortable under center.
But could the Tigers backfield get even deeper before the season opener?
According to Kim Shugart of the Mobile Press-Register, the school is attempting to get an NCAA waiver to allow Florida transfer Mike Blakely to play this fall instead of having to sit out the 2011 season. While Blakely did attend classes for a short period of time in Gainesville, the running back never actually practiced with Will Muschamp's Gators this past spring.
While Auburn compliance director Rich McGlynn admitted that he can't recall an appeal being impacted by a player never practicing with his former team, he still believes it's worth a shot.
"The NCAA takes each case on its merits and looks and reviews those specific facts and makes a decision," McGlynn said.
"We need to make an argument based upon the rule. The rule was not put into place based upon an individual in Mike's situation in order to be eligible here at Auburn. I believe we put together a strong waiver to that. Now it's just a matter of seeing what the NCAA has to say about it."
A decision should come within the next couple of weeks, but history would indicate that it's a long shot for Blakely to be eligible to play this season.
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