Posted by Chip Pattesron
Not sure if you heard, but when former Florida quarterback Cam Newton took the field for Auburn, some good things happened for the Tigers. This offseason, Auburn welcomed another high-profile transfer from Gainesville (this time more direct): running back Mike Blakely.
Blakely, MaxPreps' No. 7 running back in the Class of 2011, has not practiced yet for the Gators because of a shoulder injury. He had committed to Florida before Urban Meyer's retirement, and soon after sought out Auburn as his new destination. Rich McGlynn, Auburn's compliance director, is working to get Blakely eligible for the 2011 season.
"We have filed a waiver in an attempt to see if we can have Mike be immediately eligible and we're in that process right now," McGlynn told the Mobile Press-Register. "We're working with the NCAA and hoping to get a favorable outcome on it."
Auburn's argument will be that even though he signed with the Gators in December with plans of early enrollment, the injury kept him from using any time of football eligibility. If the waiver is denied, Blakely will have to sit out the 2011 season and begin his first year of eligibility in 2012. Auburn will have the opportunity to appeal the decision if they choose.
Adding Blakely would give the Tigers some comfort at the running back position, which right now will feature sophomore Mike Dyer and junior Onterio McCalebb almost exclusively. While both backs showed great promise in 2010, they will certainly carry a heavier load without a playmaker of Cam Newton's caliber under center.
McGlynn said Auburn hopes to hear a response from the NCAA in "the next couple weeks."