The drama-filled saga of Mike Blakely continues as it was announced Wednesday he has left the Auburn Tigers football team in bad shape as far as the running back position is concerned. Blakely was one of three returning scholarship running backs for Auburn in 2013, but the Tigers now have only Tre Mason and former walk-on Corey Grant as relatively experienced ball-carriers heading into next season. As for Blakely, there’s already a rumor that he might transfer to South Florida.
If this rumor is true, this will be the second time Blakely has transferred schools in his short career. He originally enrolled early at Florida and then transferred to Auburn, which led to his sitting out the entire 2011 college football season. He didn’t get much work at Auburn in 2012, compiling just 153 yards on 33 carries in six games. However, he was set to play a much larger role in the Tigers’ offense in 2013, but now that plan is obviously out the window.
Auburn’s official athletic web site confirmed the reports that Blakely will transfer to USF, which was the other school he considered when he decided to transfer from Florida. If he’s allowed to play for the Bulls in 2013, he’ll technically be a redshirt sophomore, but a sketchy track record like Blakely’s likely won’t give him much NFL draft stock, granted he even makes it that far in his career.