Going Pro "Tough" Decision, Powers Says

Auburn junior cornerback Jerraud Powers will not be back for the 2009 AU football season.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn redshirt junior cornerback Jerraud Powers is declaring himself eligible for the National Football League Draft.

Powers said he didn't want to do interviews and make a big deal of his announcement, but he did have a comment on Tuesday.

"I want to thank the Auburn nation for their support during my career," Powers says. "It was a very tough decision, but I did what God wanted me to do and what was best for my family and me.

"I'm thankful for my time at Auburn and will have nothing but fond memories," he adds.

He joins defensive lineman Sen'Derrick Marks as Auburn juniors who are going pro. On Saturday another redshirt junior, defensive end Antonio Coleman, announced at a press conference in Mobile that he would return to Auburn for the 2009 season. Unlike Marks, Powers is not projected as a likely high draft and could find himself having to try to make an NFL roster as a free agent.

Powers entered the 2008 campaign as a preseason second team All-SEC pick by media and the league's coaches, but didn't have the type of season anticipated due to a hamstring injury as well as an ankle problem. He missed two games and was limited in others. He finished the season with 47 total tackles, down from his 2007 total of 63.

Powers had 30 solo tackles and 17 assists as a senior. He intercepted two passes and deflected nine.

Jerraud Powers is listed on Auburn's roster at 5-9, 191 pounds.

In 2007 he had 47 solo tackles and 16 assists. He intercepted four passes and deflected nine and recovered a fumble.

He suffered an injury as a true freshman in 2005 after signing with the Tigers out of Decatur High School, where he was a standout on defense and offense. He was named one of the Top 30 prospects in the state by Scout.com and was a first team All-State selection by the Alabama Sportswriters Association.

He played in all 13 games as a reserve in 2006 and made 26 tackles with 20 solos. He recovered a fumble and deflected four passes. He was named to the Coaches All-SEC Freshman team that season.

Rogers finishes his AU career with 136 total tackles in 36 games, 23 which were starts at cornerback. He was also a key player on special teams.

As a junior he missed the Arkansas and Ole Miss games and most of the Vandy game when he suffered his hamstring injury. He played but was less than full speed vs. West Virgina, UT-Martin, Georgia and Alabama. He top games in tackles were against UT-Martin (four solos and five assists) and Southern Miss (six solos and two assists).

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