David Irons: Trying to Stay or Go?

Cornerback David Irons and his father discuss the Auburn defensive backs plans for the 2006 season.

Orlando, Fla.--Auburn's leading tackler in the Capital One Bowl, cornerback David Irons, Jr., says he hasn't made a final decision on whether or not he will try to come back for one more season of college football.

However, his father, former Detroit Lions player David Irons, Sr., says he wants the cornerback to return for one more year of college football to gain more experience and improve his NFL draft status after playing just one season at the Division I level.

"I think David will be back and his inexperience is the main reason for that," his father says. "I am going to try to convince him that the best thing for him to do is come back. If I can't convince him, I am going to have to send out an executive order to come back. He'll be back. He and Kenny need another year together."

Kenny Irons, a junior tailback for the Tigers, was a first team All-SEC selection this past season after transferring to Auburn from South Carolina.

The Irons family and AU officials have all of the paperwork in order for David Jr. to apply to an NCAA committee for an extra year of eligibility based on the fact that he missed his first season at Auburn by reinjuring a knee that was first injured in junior college. David Jr. says that the first surgery on the knee in Kansas was not done properly, which led to the second surgery by Dr. James Andrews of Birmingham before the start of the 2004 season after he had transferred to Auburn.

The second surgery was successful, but the rehab process caused the defensive back to miss his entire redshirt junior season.

David Irons defends against Wisconsin's Brandon Williams in Auburn's 24-10 loss to the Badgers.

"I am still thinking about it," Irons Jr. says of his decision on whether or not he will try to move on to the NFL or try to stay at Auburn for another season. "I am going to go home and talk to my dad about it and talk to Coach Tuberville (Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville) and pray about the situation."

Irons played two seasons at Butler County Community College in Kansas before transferring to Auburn. He led all tacklers in Capital One Bowl Game with nine solos and two assists. Senior linebacker Travis Williams was Auburn's second leading tackler with six solos while senior tackle Wayne Dickens and junior cornerback Jonathan Wilhite had five apiece.

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