The questions surrounding Zeke Pike’s career at Auburn have been answered.
Pike is no longer with the team and intends to transfer, according to Auburn coach Gene Chizik, who said the decision came sometime in the last two weeks.
In his place, Jonathan Wallace will be the only incoming freshman quarterback, and the only scholarship passer behind Kiehl Frazier and Clint Moseley, the two players battling for the starting job.
Wallace has drawn rave reviews from players for his readiness and maturity, and Chizik echoed those thoughts.
“It’s obvious that he studied a lot during the summer, did a lot on his own to be ready,” Chizik said.
- Shon Coleman, who was cleared to play late in the spring after winning a long battle with cancer, reported at 305 pounds. Chizik said Coleman reported very strong.
- Melvin Ray, the Alabama signee with the big body, hasn’t played in four or five years, and Auburn is interested to see what he can do. “It’ll be really interesting to see,” Chizik said. “Obviously, he’s a physical specimen in terms of size. It’s been a while.”
- Clint Moseley’s shoulder is fine. Chizik said that Moseley looked good and threw the ball well on the first day, along with the rest of the quarterbacks.
- On Eric Mack’s recovery from the June 9 shooting at the apartment complex, Chizik said Auburn is still dealing with that night. “”We’re still monitoring that,” Chizik said. “He’s in a good place. … There’s some others, we’re moving through a tough time.”
- No plans have been made to memorialize the shooting victims, although Auburn has talked about doing something.
- Two more freshmen have not reported to Auburn yet because they’re not academically eligible. Wide receiver JaQuay Williams and tight end Darrion Hutcherson have not arrived on the Plains yet. “We’re still waiting,” Chizik said.