The 6-3, 229-pounder from Opelika is expected to transfer to another college. He has looked at Division I-AA programs like Jacksonville State, where he could play in 2003 without having to sit out for a season under NCAA transfer rules. If he goes to a Division I college he would be required to sit out a year as a redshirt. That would be the second collegiate season he missed after sitting out the 2001 campaign when he would have been a true freshman when the NCAA Clearinghouse made a mistake in evaluating his transcript and did not allow him to play.
Rowell's status with the Auburn football team has been in limbo since Coach Tommy Tuberville indefinitely suspended Rowell on Monday, July 7th after he was arrested the previous day by Opelika police and charged with driving under the influence, possession of marijuana and carrying a pistol without a permit. Police arrested the former Opelika High School star at approximately 2:45 a.m. for speeding on Pepperell Parkway.
Rowell, a heavily recruited prospect, signed with the Tigers in February 2001, but did not play that season because of a mixup at the NCAA Clearinghouse that mistakenly did not declare him eligible for competition. Rowell played in 11 games in 2002 as a true freshman and was credited with seven solo tackles and 13 assists in a reserve role.
With Mark Brown graduating, Rowell was a favorite to win the middle linebacker starting spot in spring drills. However, after a slow start by Rowell, AU coaches moved senior Dontarrious Thomas from outside linebacker to the middle linebacker spot where he is expected to be the starter. Rowell was battling 6-2, 238 sophomore Kevis Burnam for second string status in the spring.