After his Butler County Community College team won for the 10th time on Sunday without a loss, his team heads into the post season ranked No. 1 nationally in the junior college rankings with a showdown this Sunday coming up against rival Coffeyville, Kan., for the conference championship a berth in the national championship game.
The six-foot-one, 186-pound sophomore was just named a first team All-Jayhawk Conference selection at cornerback despite being avoided like the plague much of the season by opposing quarterbacks and receivers. He has also been nominated for All-America status. "Lately, they haven't thrown many balls my way," says Irons, who notes that he was excited to get the news about his postseason honors.
David Irons (left) covers Auburn wide receiver Jeris McIntyre in a voluntary summer workout earlier this year.
Irons had planned to be on the field playing cornerback for Auburn this fall, however, he fell one class short, an English Comp II course. That meant he couldn't play for the Tigers and he decided to head back to Kansas to complete that and other classwork while playing football.
"Everything is fine with the classes here," Irons tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I have a ‘B' in English Comp II so I plan to be back in Auburn with the team in December." Irons took junior college classes at Southern Union Community College in Opelika and worked out with the Tigers in voluntary summer sessions earlier this year before heading back to Kansas.
This week will be a busy one for the defensive back as his Grizzlies prepare for a rematch with Coffeyville on Sunday. However, he plans to make time on Saturday afternoon to get in front of the TV set for Auburn's nationally televised game vs. Ole Miss.
This is Irons' third fall in Kansas. In 2001, after he graduated from Dacula, Ga., High, he attended classes at Butler County, but did not play football as he rehabbed a knee injury. He played as a redshirt freshman in 2001 and hoped to be a redshirt sophomore at Auburn in 2002.
Irons originally signed with the Tigers in February 2001 after what was a high school senior season that was marred by an MCL sprain plus an ankle sprain. He missed three games completely that fall and finished the year with 710 yards on 83 carries with 10 touchdowns. He also caught 19 passes for 277 yards and five TDs. As a junior, Irons rushed for 1,349 yards and 18 touchdowns. For his high school career, he averaged 9.1 yards per carry and scored 43 touchdowns. However, he has played exclusively on defense in junior college.
Irons says he has taken advantage of his playing time this fall to become a better cornerback. "I have been working a lot on my technique," he says. "I think that was the only lacking in my play as a cornerback. I feel like I have gotten a whole lot better with my man coverage this season."