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February 5, 2013

Auburn roster breakdown by position, based on 2012 scholarship numbers

AUBURN, Ala. — After the departure of 13 seniors, as well as six other players for assorted reasons (NFL Draft, transfer, gave up football, etc.), Auburn has a total of 62 players who were on athletic scholarship during the 2012 season AND are currently on the Tigers’ active roster.

Three junior college players are already enrolled in spring classes, bringing Auburn’s total to 65 – before decisions are made on which existing players will retain their full rides for the 2013-14 academic year. Each Division I football program is allowed a maximum of 85 scholarships.

So how does that affect Auburn’s recruiting efforts going into national signing day, less than 24 hours away? Have a look for yourself. Seventeen players have pledged their commitment to sign with the Tigers starting tomorrow.

Just to clarify: this list includes ONLY scholarship players in 2012. No walk-ons had particularly large roles this past fall, though a few did get on the field from time to time.

(Years in school listed are for 2013.)

Jonathan WallaceQUARTERBACKS (2 current scholarships on roster)

Returning starters: Kiehl Frazier (jr.), Jonathan Wallace (so.)

Returning backups: None

RUNNING BACKS (5, including Artis-Payne)

Returning starters: Tre Mason (jr.), Jay Prosch (sr.)

Returning backups: Blake Burgess (sr.)

On roster, on scholarship: Corey Grant (jr.)

Signed early letter of intent: Cameron Artis-Payne


Returning starters: Quan Bray (jr.)

Returning backups: Sammie Coates (so.), Jaylon Denson (jr.), Ricardo Louis (so.), Trovon Reed (jr.)


Returning starters: Brandon Fulse (jr.), C.J. Uzomah (jr.)

Returning backups: None

On roster, on scholarship: Chris Landrum (so.), Ricky Parks (r-fr.)

OFFENSIVE LINE (13, including Danzey)

Returning starters: Reese Dismukes (jr.), Patrick Miller (so.), Greg Robinson (so.), Chad Slade (jr.)

Returning backups: Shon Coleman (r-fr.), Tunde Fariyike (jr.), Alex Kozan (r-fr.), Avery Young (so.)

On roster, on scholarship: Will Adams (r-fr.), Shane Callahan (r-fr.), Jordan Diamond (r-fr.), Robert Leff (r-fr.)

Signed early letter of intent: Devonte Danzey

Gabe Wright flexDEFENSIVE TACKLES (6, including Bradley)

Returning starters: Angelo Blackson (jr.), Jeffrey Whitaker (sr.)

Returning backups: Kenneth Carter (sr.), Gabe Wright (jr.)

On roster, on scholarship: Tyler Nero (r-fr.)

Signed early letter of intent: Ben Bradley


Returning starters: Nosa Eguae (sr.), Dee Ford (sr.)

Returning backups: LaDarius Owens (jr.), Craig Sanders (sr.), Devaunte Sigler (jr.)

On roster, on scholarship: Justin Delaine (jr.), Keymiya Harrell (so.), JaBrian Niles (so.), Gimel President (r-fr.)


Returning starters: Jake Holland (sr.)

Returning backups: Kris Frost (so.), Justin Garrett (jr.), Cassanova McKinzy (so.)

On roster, on scholarship: JaViere Mitchell (r-fr.), Anthony Swain (so.)

Photo by Todd Van Emst


Returning starters: Chris Davis (sr.), Joshua Holsey (so.), Jonathon Mincy (jr.)

Returning backups: Jonathan Jones (so.), Robenson Therezie (jr.)

On roster, on scholarship: T.J. Davis (r-fr.)


Returning starters: Demetruce McNeal (sr.), Jermaine Whitehead (jr.)

Returning backups: Trent Fisher (jr.), Erique Florence (jr.), Ryan Smith (sr.)


Returning starters: K Cody Parkey (sr.), P Steven Clark (sr.), HLD Ryan White (sr.), DS Jake Lembke (sr.)

Returning contributors: Mason, Bray, Louis, Jones, etc.


  1. Nice breakdown.. Only person who shouldnt be on list is Burgess, as he is not coming back.

    Comment by tigerinatlanta — February 5, 2013 @ 7:06 pm

  2. Blake Burgess no longer on team. His dad (Rick on Rick and Bubba Show) had him on the show a few weeks ago and talked at length about his decision to give up football.

    Comment by lamar white — February 5, 2013 @ 10:33 pm

  3. Guys, I got many responses about the Burgess thing. I appreciate the heads-up, as I was on vacation and out of the country during this apparent radio show. That said, Burgess is still on the active roster, and a father’s radio show is not an official dismissal. When he’s actually removed, then yes, that makes for an extra scholarship. Not disputing his dads’ or Blake’s statement, but that’s just how we (and other outlets) have got to treat it.
    Thanks for reading.

    Comment by Aaron Brenner — February 5, 2013 @ 10:45 pm

  4. Is Melvin Ray not on scholarship, and if not, what is that plan?

    Comment by freemanjiro — February 6, 2013 @ 2:13 am

  5. Correct. I’ll get into more detail on Melvin during spring ball, but he’s not technically one of the 85.
    Thanks for reading.

    Comment by Aaron Brenner — February 6, 2013 @ 5:40 am

  6. Is Chris Landrum no longer on the roster?

    Comment by Michael Cameron — February 6, 2013 @ 7:26 am

  7. Sorry, I see him listed at TE now-didn’t know he switched positions again

    Comment by Michael Cameron — February 6, 2013 @ 7:28 am

  8. Is Melvin Ray still on the team at WR?

    Comment by sankans — February 6, 2013 @ 6:06 pm

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