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August 4, 2011

Derrick Lykes dismissed for team rules violation

Defensive lineman Derrick Lykes was dismissed from the Auburn football team for a violation of team rules, a school spokesman confirmed this afternoon.

The backup appeared in 16 games during his Auburn career, making 12 tackles, nine of which came in 2009. He played in only three games last year, making three tackles.

He did not appear on the 105-member practice roster for August that was released Wednesday afternoon.

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Defensive line coach Mike Pelton spoke optimistically about Lykes in the spring.

“I think Derrick Lykes has impressed me a little bit,” he said. “He’s really had a tough go of it with some off the field issues. But he’s been a guy that’s really been fighting.”

Although Lykes wasn’t expected to have a major role, his departure doesn’t help Auburn’s depth at tackle, where sophomores Ken Carter and Jeffrey Whitaker are projected starters, with true freshmen Gabe Wright and Angelo Blackson expected to be in the mix.

5 Comments

  1. as the NFL talking heads would say on ESPN, “COME ON MAN!!!!!!”

    Comment by scottie b — August 4, 2011 @ 4:44 pm

  2. I like Gabe Wright’s outgoing personality and gift of gab but I am very anxious to see how well he moves and competes against the best in the country.

    Auburn ranked 19th? We are NOT that good of a team this year. Maybe next year.

    Comment by John — August 4, 2011 @ 6:34 pm

  3. Why do so many people think 19th is too high for Auburn? If we finish fifth in the West and go 7-5 (let’s say 8-5 with a bowl with) that will still be a high teens or low twenties finish. Not a great year, but still respectable in a rebuilding season. Isn’t this a very possible scenario? If I were a betting man, I would take the over on six wins.

    Comment by Luke — August 4, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

  4. Should say, “with a bowl win.”

    Comment by Luke — August 4, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

  5. Auburn will be ranked higher than 19th at season’s end. You can take that to the bank.

    Too many people are focusing on who left and forgetting who is coming back and that the coaching staff stayed almost intact. A ten win season is very likely.

    Comment by MikeP — August 5, 2011 @ 9:02 am

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