Lineman Not Returning For 2006 Season

An Auburn defensive lineman has decided to give up playing for the Tigers after two seasons filled with injury.

Auburn, Ala.--Following an injury-plagued sophomore season that saw him miss much of the year with a neck problem, defensive lineman Neil Brown has decided to give up playing football for the Auburn Tigers.

A top recruit out of Buford, Ga., High who was named the Georgia Class 2A Defensive Player of the Year, Brown was expected to be a solid contributor for the Tigers as either a defensive or offensive lineman when he entered the program in the fall of 2004. Despite being undersized, Brown saw action as a true freshman for the Tigers, playing in five games with four tackles.

Brown sees action against Mississippi State as a true freshman.

Entering the 2005 season Brown was one of the players tabbed to provide solid depth for the Tigers on the defensive line, but injuries kept him from making anything more than a minimal contribution as a sophomore. Playing in just the Georgia Tech game and Western Kentucky game before being done for the year, Brown failed to make a tackle in either.

A solid student, Brown will now decide whether to transfer to a smaller school and try to continue playing football or finish his degree at Auburn. His departure leaves Auburn with just Josh Thompson, Sen'Derrick Marks, Pat Sims, Tez Doolittle and Andrew McCain on the interior defensive front for spring practice.

Sims is returning to the team after he left during the year last year. Doolittle is recovering from a dislocated kneecap suffered during bowl practices in Orlando. Walk-on Nathan Farrow has moved to the offensive line along with redshirt freshman Rudy Odom. < P> The Tigers open spring practice Feb. 28 with the annual A-Day Game scheduled for March 18 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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