Several Tigers Not Returning In 2008

Four players are not expected to return to the team for the 2008 season.

Auburn, Ala.--Spring is always a time when attrition hits a college football team and this year is no different for the Auburn Tigers as several backups aren't with the team for spring practice which begins on Feb. 28.

The most notable of the group is offensive tackle Antwoin Daniels. A career backup, the senior-to-be was locked in a battle for the right tackle spot last fall along with Andrew McCain before losing out to freshman Lee Ziemba. Already married with a child, Daniels is one class away from graduating and will finish his degree in the spring. He's expected to enter the law enforcement field upon graduation.

Auburn's other graduate is safety Blake Shrader. A member of Auburn's special teams and scout teams for much of his career, Shrader is scheduled to graduate in the spring and won't return to the team this fall.

Lorenzo Ferguson played sparingly in his career when he was without injury.

The third member of the team that won't return is safety Lorenzo Ferguson. Bothered by chronic shoulder problems much of the last two seasons, Ferguson actually started two games in the 2006 season and had 11 tackles in 12 games played. For his career he had a total of 14 tackles.

A player that came to Auburn with a lot of promise, defensive lineman Bryant Miller has decided to transfer after being unable to break into the playing rotation for the Tigers as a redshirt freshman. Expected to transfer closer to his home of Miami, Miller will have three years of eligibility remaining having already used up his redshirt season.

They join several members of the 2007 opening day roster that won't be back this season. They are Steven Ensminger (transfer), Blake Field (transfer), Oscar Gonzalez (transfer), Steve Gandy (medical), Alex Rose (transfer) and Pat Sims (NFL).


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