The Attrition Begins


Oh that dreaded term. Attrition. Every year I open up my copy of Phil Steele’s preview or Lindy’s or Athlon. I see the depth chart listed and then wonder aloud who will still be here when we first take the field, and who will suffer that summer injury: “Brain Cramps” and fail to qualify academically.

Well, the attrition seems to have begun. Philip Marshal is saying that the careers of four players are now done at Auburn:

Gone are sophomore safety Christian Thompson, redshirt freshman defensive end Cameron Henderson, redshirt freshman defensive tackle Jomarcus Savage and redshirt freshman wide receiver Philip Pierre-Louis, has learned.

That’s a tough go. Especially since WR and Defensive back are already thin for Auburn.

It does give a chance to check up on our previous recruiting classes and see just where everyone is now. Looking at the classes of 2005, 2006 and 2007.

First Up: 2005. Strikethrough means the player is no longer on Auburn’s depth chart:

So where did they go?

Ulysses Alexander- Currently a Redshirt Junior at Howard University. Last year he played in 8 games, 11 receptions and 2 TDs.

Tray Blackmon- In his first year with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL.

Robert Dunn- Not on any NFL Roster. One blog claims he is now pursuing a rap career (I wish I was making that up):

Recently, Dunn teamed up with Quentin Groves’ music label, Major League Entertainment, and expects to achieve what he describes as one of his "ultimate goals": expressing himself to the world through song.

"As a youngster, I had major dreams," Dunn said. "I went from D-1 ball to being 'Major League.'"

With songs like “Rain Dance,” “Goose and Patron,” and “Last Breath,” he has captivated young music lovers across South Alabama and Georgia.

Oscar Gonzalez – Transferred. Also at Howard.

Mike Harness- Starting Guard for Jackson (Mississippi) State.

Alonzo Horton- Where to begin with this guy. He left Auburn to go to Jackson State. Tried to go Ole Miss. Almost went to North Texas. Bounced around JUCOs Here’s a good breakdown from another blog:

2005: Signed with Auburn, redshirted. Weeks into fall semester, learned that an aunt and two brothers died in Hurricane Katrina.

2006: Struggled academically but played in nine games with three tackles. Didn't enroll for spring semester.

2007: In April, Jackson (Miss.) State announced it signed Horton for the '07 season. Somehow, after a year and a half at Auburn, Horton was academically ineligible to enroll at JSU, a Playoff Subdivision (formerly D-IA) school.

2007: Horton planned to play for Hinds (Miss.) Community College. Officials there held off putting out a release. He either didn't enroll or only took a few classes. In the fall of 2007, Horton turned up at Northwest Mississippi CC, played and became a recruitable commodity again. He committed to Ole Miss in September.

2008: Horton reversed his Ole Miss commit after the Rebels' coaching change. He talked to other schools and eventually signed with UNT. It's uncertain if other schools backed away. On track for an associate's degree last May, Horton fell short after NWMCC deemed he lacked enough transferrable credits from previous schools.

Zach Kutch – Now a Senior with the Illinois State Redbirds 

Sen'Derrick Marks – Drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the 2nd Round.

Jerraud Powers- Drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the 3rd Round.

Rex Sharpe- Now a LB for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Failed to qualify for Auburn and bounced around a couple of JUCOs before landing with the Gophers. Great little article on her journey here.

Patrick Trahan- Suffered from “Brain Cramps” and left Auburn to go to NW Mississippi JUCO. Then went to Ole Miss. Trahan claimed the Auburn Academic Staff didn’t handle his learning disability (dysgraphia, a form of dyslexia that hinders his ability to write) which was profiled in the ESPN the Magazine piece, “When Words Get in the Way”. His father may have also convinced Enrique Davis to choose Ole Miss over Auburn:

The Trahans also may have played a role in luring freshman running back Enrique Davis to Ole Miss. Two years ago, Davis spent time with Patrick Trahan during a recruiting visit to Auburn. Davis later signed with Auburn before failing to qualify and enrolling at a prep school. He solicited more advice when he began to re-evaluate his options.

"I told Enrique's stepfather, 'Hey, coach Nutt has coached Darren McFadden, Felix Jones. And you can also look at what we went through at Auburn,'" Kenneth Trahan said. "And then I talked to Enrique about the situation, too."

So I’m sure Auburn fans love to hear that.

Brian West- Apparently, is or was a Senior at the University of Houston.

Jonathan Wilhite- Drafted in 2008 Draft by the Patriots in the 4th Round.

I’ll have an update on the 2006 and 2007 Classes tomorrow.


Marmot said…
It might be worth noting that Rudy Odom left the team for medical reasons early on and is now back with the team as a walk on. Not sure if I have my facts straight. He was a decently rated DL recruit when he came to Auburn, so his current walk on OL status is a little deceptive.

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