He's Back: Irons to Return for 2006 Season

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn cornerback David Irons, Jr. won his appeal for an extra year of eligibility to play football for the Tigers.

His father, David Irons Jr., got the news from an NCAA committee on Tuesday afternoon.

"David Jr. is excited about the ruling and is looking forward to coming back and having a great season," he says. "David says he is going to come back and work on any flaws in his game and hopefully he and Kenny (tailback Kenny Irons) can have great seasons and lead the Tigers to a 14-0 record this season."

A second team All-SEC pick in his first season to play for the Tigers, he is one of the fastest players on the Auburn team. He made 48 tackles, which was third on the team. He had 11 pass deflections to lead the Tigers in that category.

Irons won his appeal because he had to miss two seasons due to the same injury. He originally hurt his knee at Butler County Community College in Kansas. The surgery was not done properly there, he noted, and that led to another ACL surgery prior to the 2004 season at Auburn.

Irons wasn't able to play again until the 2005 season. He broke into the starting lineup on opening night and was one of the team's top defensive players.

David Irons is expected to be one of the top defensive backs in the SEC this season.

Irons considered going into the NFL Draft this year and had an invitation to the NFL Combine.

"There is some lucky player out there who is going to get David's spot in the combine," David Sr. says. "David also had invitations to the Hula Bowl to play out there with Coach (Tommy) Tuberville, the East-West Shrine Bowl and the Senior Bowl, but he wanted to come back for another season."

David Irons, Sr., who played for the NFL's Detroit Lions, says he had to call NCAA officials in Indianapolis to get the process moving faster. "With a deadline coming up (Jan. 31) on going to the combine we needed to get a decision on this and I talked to two NCAA officials yesterday to find out what the holdup was and we got a ruling on the situation today.

"David is fired up and I am really excited about getting a chance to see David and Kenny play for another season at Auburn. I think this is the best situation for David to come back and improve his status for 2007 season when I think he can be one of the top players next year."

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