Lineman Putting Away The Pads

Auburn's coach says that one of his linemen won't be able to play for the Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville says the Tigers are losing offensive lineman Jarrod Britt, who is having to give up football due to an injury.

Britt is a 6-3, 296-pound redshirt sophomore from McEachern High in Powder Springs, Ga. He will continue to attend Auburn on medical hardship scholarship.

"We are real disappointed for Jarrod," Tuberville says. "He worked so hard, but he has had shoulder problems. He has been through enough surgeries so it is time for Jarrod to just worry about academics and getting that shoulder right.

"He has done everything we have asked and more," the head coach adds. "It is just one of those unfortunate things for him and we are disappointed for him. He really wanted to play."

Britt says he really was eager to play football, but notes that it doesn't make sense to continue to try to continue in the sport. "I am not going to be able to play," he says. "My shoulder isn't going to let that happen."

Jarrod Britt

He and teammate David Irons, Jr. worked in rehab together every day during the 2004 season while their teammates were posting a 13-0 season and winning the SEC championship. The cornerback, who had knee surgery, and the guard, who had shoulder surgery, pushed each other to get back in time for spring training. They were both ahead of schedule with their progress and able to participate in spring drills.

Irons was able to gradually see his practice time increase in the spring, but Britt re-injured his shoulder and missed most of the practices.

"Because he is an offensive lineman, every play he is going to get hit on the shoulder," Tuberville notes. "The first time he had contact on it in spring training after he had rehabilitated it for six or seven months he hurt it again."

Britt played in seven games at guard as a true freshman after an impressive high school career in which he garnered All-State and All-America honors. He was expected to be a second string guard behind senior Danny Lindsey last season prior to being sidelined.

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