No Moore Casinious For Tiger Offense

Auburn, Ala.--Junior tailback <b>Casinious Moore</b> is retiring from football but plans to remain a student at Auburn. <p>

Moore, who fell behind backup Ronnie Brown on the spring training depth chart, announced on Tuesday that he is finished with football. He plans to continue his education at Auburn and there is a possibility that he will receive a medical hardship scholarship as he continues to recover from what team officials call "chronic lower leg injuries" dating back to high school.

Last season as a redshirt sophomore, he rushed for 526 yards on 111 carries with four going for touchdowns.

"We appreciate Casinious' contributions to our team and program," Coach Tommy Tuberville said in an announcement on Tuesday. "He's been a big part of our success. He's been through a lot of pain and sacrifice to help us. We're excited that he will earn his degree next year. He will continue to be part of the program and Auburn family." Moore is majoring in public administration.

Casinious Moore runs against Syracuse last fall.

Moore arrived at Auburn as a true freshman still rehabbing a serious knee injury suffered in high school. "It was a tough, personal decision," he said. "I enjoyed my time with the team. But, I think it's in my best interest to leave the team and get healthy and concentrate on school."

He sat out in 1999 as a redshirt while wearing a heavy knee brace that limited his ability to run and cut. The following year he had improved enough to play. He saw limited action, carrying the football 23 times for 61 yards. His knee improved considerably last fall when he rushed for 526 yards and improved his average per carry from 2.7 to 4.7 yards. His best game came against Mississippi State when he carried the ball 20 times for 160 yards and one touchdown. His next best game was against Ole Miss. He ran the ball 16 times for 69 yards and three TDs.

Moore was considered the best receiver among the running backs. He caught 12 passes for 169 yards in two seasons and Auburn coaches had discussed using him as a slot receiver this season.

Sophomore Carnell Williams, who is expected to be one of the top players in the SEC this fall, is the No. 1 tailback followed by Brown and junior Chris Butler, who had a strong spring. Addiitonal depth at the position is expected this season with the arrival of Tre Smith, an All-State performer from Venice, Fla., High.

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