Rose Not Returning to Football Team

Auburn sophomore Jonathan Rose won't be reporting to practice when the Tigers begin drills Aug. 1st.

Leeds, Ala.--Jonathan Rose, who was scheduled to be a sophomore cornerback for the 2012 Auburn football team, is not expected to return to the team.

Keith Etheredge, who coached Rose at Leeds High School, told Inside the Auburn Tigers that his former star isn't sure what he will be doing this fall, but says Rose has decided not to return to the team for "personal reasons."

"I don't think it has anything to do with Auburn, he's just got some issues that he's got to work through," the coach said.

""Auburn has been great with him, the coaching staff and all the people down there," Etheredge said. "He had a great spring, but just some personal issues got in the way a little bit. He's got some things he's got to work through.

"I've had no telling how many schools call me today," Etheredge said. "Everybody that has called me I told them I didn't know anything other than I was told it was for ‘personal reasons,' but I also know Jonathan and he's a great kid. He's one of those kids, I don't know if he got into something or what, but he's a fantastic young man. He's always been a class act. The Auburn staff and the people at Auburn have always been class. It's just something that hopefully everybody can get through.

"I'm not going to pry," Etheredge said about his former player's situation with the Tigers. "I'm his coach from high school. I just wish him the best. I have another guy down there at Auburn, Javiie Mitchell, and I wish the best for Auburn."

Jonathan Rose is shown during the 2011 season. He has received a release from Auburn to transfer to any college he wants to attend.

The Tigers are scheduled to start practice on August 1st. Rose has not been on campus this summer with members of the Auburn team for voluntary workouts or classes.

Last week Auburn head coach Gene Chizik was asked what Rose's status was with the Tigers and he said that the defensive back was home for personal reasons and would not say when or if Rose would return to the squad.

Rose, who is 6-2, 187 pounds, enrolled at Auburn in January 2011 after graduating early from high school after helping the Green Wave win the state championship as a senior. He was a heavily-recruited prospect as a high school senior.

He played in eight games last season as a true freshman, but saw limited action and finished the year with two tackles. He was not projected to be on the two-deep depth to start preseason drills.

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