That means there are 35 scholarship players gone from the roster that won the national championship a little over two months ago.
Pierre-Louis, who was expected to be a key part of Tony Franklin‘s offense, never got his career off the ground. He was slowed by two knee injuries and had to work his way out of Gene Chizik‘s doghouse during one summer, coming back as a part-time punt returner. He finished his Auburn career having never caught a pass.
Harris was the only other lineman in the class of 2009 with John Sullen. He rarely got on the field.
Cooper was signed as a quarterback in 2009 but moved to tight end his freshman year.
Some other quick roster notes:
- WR Derek Winter, as expected after he caught passes from Cam Newton during pro day, is no longer on the roster. He would have been a fifth-year senior had he come back.
- OL Aubrey Phillips is back on the roster. He transferred from Florida State two years ago but a medical condition kept him from playing.
- OL Shon Coleman is on the roster, listed as No. 70. He is not expected to participate in spring drills.
- Early enrollee numbers: C Reese Dismukes, No. 50; CB Jonathan Rose, No. 28, OL Thomas O’Reilly, No. 66.