AUBURN, Ala. — Throughout the agony of a season gone wrong, there have been no confirmed Auburn players leaving the program for any reason.
Redshirt freshman tailback Mike Blakely hinted overnight there’s a chance he could be the first.
Taking player Twitter accounts for what they are, Blakely tweeted a couple of messages which, if serious, could reflect his days in a Tigers uniform are numbered. Blakely did write again to clarify his messages.
First, at 12:19 a.m. Monday morning:
Then eight minutes later:
After receiving mentions from fans asking if he was transferring, Blakely tweeted, “its funny cause when i tweet something bout going home it seems to every1 that i am leaving au….i said last days in au as before the break.”
Interestingly, Blakely commented on his account Saturday that “Tiger walk was packed”, adding an #AllIn hashtag to reflect one of the program’s signature taglines.
Blakely has had an enigmatic season on the football field, struggling in a third-string role behind Onterio McCalebb and Tre Mason. He’s totaled 28 carries for 138 yards, a healthy 4.9 yards-per-carry average; but that includes ill-timed fumbles lost against Louisiana-Monroe and Arkansas. He has only appeared in five games, and only once in five games since Oct. 6. During that stretch, Blakely did not make the trip to Vanderbilt for what the coaching staff said was an injury, without disclosing details.
A four-star recruit from Bradenton, Fla. Blakely picked Florida over Auburn out of high school in a tight race that included offers from Clemson, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee and USC. But in May 2011, Blakely decided to leave Florida – unable to mesh in a transition to a pro-style offense – and ultimately latched on with the Tigers when they were running Gus Malzahn’s spread offense. This year, the Tigers switched themselves to a pro-style attack.
“Everyone at Florida has been very supportive of me in my time here and I’m thankful for the experience that I had, but I’ve made a decision to continue my college football career somewhere else,” Blakely said in a statement two summers ago.
Blakely has not met with Auburn reporters since the Arkansas game Oct. 6.