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March 23, 2011

Spring roster breakdown: Pierre-Louis, Harris, Cooper no longer on team

Auburn handed out an updated roster and three scholarship players weren’t on the list: wide receiver Philip Pierre-Louis, offensive lineman Andre Harris and tight end Robert Cooper.

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.

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  1. “We had a good practice today. A lot guys were flyin’ around out there”

    Comment by Kirk Lazarus — March 23, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

  2. Well for this upcoming recruiting cycle the theme will be two words: “Early enrollment.”

    Comment by ToomersRoundedEdge — March 23, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

  3. Hey Andy, what is the deal with Christian Westerman? I swear I see him in the student center everyday eating lunch. I even looked up his rivals profile to make sure it was him. It has to be. Is he enrolled or participating in practices?

    Comment by Harrison — March 23, 2011 @ 8:11 pm

  4. I’ve heard he might have been here when his school was on spring break. His grandparents live close by.

    But he’s not an early enrollee and won’t be practicing this spring.

    Comment by abitter — March 23, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

  5. You and most every other reporter have commented about all the players Auburn has lost this season. There’s certainly nnothing wrong with that and its certainly factual. But from all the comments regarding the unusually large attrition, it just seems like everyone wonders why Auburn will even bother to field a team this year. I’m certainly not expecting Auburn to be the team they were in 2010 but then again most people didn’t expect the 2010 team to be as good as it was either… I believe they were picked 4th in the SEC West. Why don’t we give these guys and the coaches a chance to see what they can do?

    Comment by Williams — March 24, 2011 @ 1:18 am

  6. […] fans this season.  It’s the sheer attrition that the team faces – somewhere between 35 and 38 players from last season’s roster are now gone.  I don’t care how stellar the […]

    Pingback by Shrinkage on the Plains | Get The Picture — March 24, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

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