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January 17, 2012

Breaking down Auburn’s prospective 2012 roster by scholarship players

Photo by Todd Van Emst

Recruiting season has hit the home stretch. Each NCAA team is allowed to sign 25 players per scholarship class, but there can only be 85 scholarship players on the roster. With that in mind — and a helpful hint from a loyal reader of the blog — I broke down Auburn’s scholarship commitments based on class. Be aware, the list could still change before spring practice begins, and any recruits who are committed but have not yet made it to campus are far from sure things to end up sticking with their decision until Signing Day.

But that doesn’t mean the blog can’t take a look at the overall numbers. By my count, Auburn has 78 scholarship players available for the 2012 season, meaning that seven scholarships theoretically remain for the 2012 signing class. The Tigers had 79 scholarship players on the roster during the 2011 season, partially a product of Auburn’s massive graduating class a year ago. One other thing to take a look at: Auburn only has 28 upperclassmen. The Tigers played 16 true freshmen and 10 redshirt freshmen in 2011.

As pointed out in the comments, Blake Burgess and Ikeem Means are former walk-ons who were awarded scholarships for the 2011 season only, meaning they could go back to walk-on status next season, which would open up 25 scholarships for Auburn.

Seniors (13)

  • DeAngelo Benton
  • Anthony Morgan
  • Ikeem Means
  • T’Sharvan Bell
  • Onterio McCalebb
  • Daren Bates
  • Jonathan Evans
  • Philip Lutzenkirchen
  • John Sullen
  • Jamar Travis
  • Emory Blake
  • Travante Stallworth
  • Joel Bonomolo
Junior in 2011, could apply for medical redshirt (1)
  • Dee Ford

Juniors (14)

  • Jake Holland
  • Chris Davis
  • Demetruce McNeal
  • Craig Sanders
  • Clint Moseley
  • Ryan White
  • Ryan Smith
  • Steven Clark
  • Cody Parkey
  • Jeffrey Whitaker
  • Corey Lemonier
  • Blake Burgess
  • Kenneth Carter
  • Nosa Eguae

Sophomores (24)

  • Trovon Reed
  • Quan Bray
  • Jonathon Mincy
  • LaDarius Owens
  • Kiehl Frazier
  • Brandon Fulse
  • Erique Florence
  • Tre Mason
  • Justin Garrett
  • Robenson Therezie
  • Jonathan Rose
  • Jermaine Whitehead
  • Ladarious Phillips
  • Jawara White
  • Reese Dismukes
  • Justin Delaine
  • Eric Mack
  • Chad Slade
  • Tunde Fariyike
  • C.J. Uzomah
  • Jaylon Denson
  • Gabe Wright
  • Devaunte Sigler
  • Angelo Blackson

Redshirt freshmen (10)

  • Sammie  Coates
  • Mike Blakely
  • Chris Landrum
  • Anthony Swain
  • Keymiya Harrell
  • Christian Westerman
  • Thomas O’Reilly
  • Greg Robinson
  • Jabrian Niles
  • Kris Frost

Incoming – On campus (4)

  • Shane Callahan
  • Patrick Miller
  • Javiere Mitchell
  • Zeke Pike

Committed recruits (12)

  • T.J. Davis
  • Joshua Holsey
  • Darrion Hutcherson
  • Jonathan Jones
  • Robert Leff
  • Ricardo Louis
  • Cassanova McKinzy
  • Tyler Nero
  • Ricky Parks
  • Gimel President
  • Jovon Robinson
  • JaQuay Williams


  1. I don’t believe that Corey Grant and Mike Blakely are on scholarship as yet.

    Comment by Tommy Gibb — January 17, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

  2. corey grant was a walk on. means and burgess are walkon players awarded scholarships that may not be renewed. Auburn can sign a full 25 if they choose.

    Comment by AUWRX — January 17, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

  3. Blakely was given a full release by Florida, meaning that Auburn could offer him a scholarship. And thanks for the help with the others.

    Comment by JErickson — January 17, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

  4. Also, walk on schollies don’t count against the 25 max. I may be wrong, but i don’t believe they count against the 85 cap either.

    Comment by Tommy Gibb — January 17, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

  5. How does Shon Coleman’s situation work from a scholarship standpoint?

    Comment by AUBER — January 17, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

  6. First time reader…nice blog. What’s up with the former bama commmit, Melvin Ray? Does he intend to walk on for now?

    Comment by Jesse — January 17, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

  7. Dee Ford will just be a junior next year due to medical redshirt this year.

    Comment by Adam — January 17, 2012 @ 10:54 pm

  8. Man, I hope we can keep that sophomore class together.

    Comment by T. C. Nomel — January 18, 2012 @ 1:30 am

  9. Dee Ford will be a Junior next Year. He never did Red Shirt so he will get a waivor for this year.

    Comment by Bill Glaeser — January 18, 2012 @ 9:08 am

  10. Walk-on scholarships do count against the 85 max. Coleman, the last time I could find any reference to it, is on medical hardship, which allows his scholarship not to count. And as far as Dee Ford goes, I know he’s eligible for a medical redshirt, but because it has not been reported that he received such redshirt, I moved him up. I will denote that in the breakdown. Thanks for all the comments.

    Comment by JErickson — January 18, 2012 @ 11:47 am

  11. Ray was a walk-on when he decided to enroll at Auburn. His name is still listed on Auburn’s online student directory, but we may not know his full status until the roster comes out in 2012.

    Comment by JErickson — January 18, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

  12. Mike Blakely is on scholarship.

    Comment by D.C. Reeves — January 18, 2012 @ 11:26 pm

  13. There won’t be a problem with the 85 limit. Start with the 62 returning players, add 25 new guys plus Corey Grant and you’ve got 88.

    There has not been a year in recent memory when more than three guys didn’t drop out, transfer and so forth over the summer, usually right after spring practice. Normal attrition is seven or eight.

    We’ll be lucky to have close to 85 when pre-season camp starts.

    Comment by MikeP — January 19, 2012 @ 8:09 am

  14. Justin Delaine could apply for medical redshirt, too. Where is Ed Christian? He is on scholarship.

    Comment by Sirk — January 19, 2012 @ 8:17 am

  15. It was reported earlier in the season that Chizik said Christian was going to be placed on medical hardship, which would end his career, therefore meaning he does not count against the scholarship numbers.

    Comment by JErickson — January 19, 2012 @ 11:23 am

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