AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Auburn running back Mike Blakely has left the team and an already thin backfield.
Athletics spokesman Kirk Sampson said Wednesday Blakely is no longer enrolled. Blakely initially signed with Florida but transferred a few months later and sat out the 2011 season.
He played in six games for the Tigers and was third on the team with 153 yards on 33 carries.
Blakely's departure leaves Tre Mason and Corey Grant - a former walk-on - as the only returning scholarship tailbacks.
Junior college transfer Cameron Artis-Payne has signed to play for Auburn, which is expected to sign at least one more back on national signing day, next Wednesday.
The Tigers averaged just 148 rushing yards after Mike Dyer left the team and signee Jovon Robinson was declared ineligible.
The Redskins played host to the 49ers in Week 7 amid constant downpour that began well before kickoff. Both teams struggled to deal with the conditions, but a play late in the second quarter just about summed up how tough it was for players to find any footing.
That’s Redskins defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis, who almost turned a dive attempt into a shoestring tackle by sliding across the field. The referees have been able to dry the ball in between plays, but there hasn’t been much the crew has been able to do about the grass.
As NBC Sports Washington’s JP Finlay reported before the game, the puddles were already beginning to form during pregame warmups.
The game was already expected to be a low-scoring affair, but the conditions have only made points even harder to come by.
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The Nationals will open the World Series on the road, traveling to Houston to take on the Astros for the first two games before heading back to the District. But the team is intent on packing Nationals Park anyway, as the stadium will host viewing parties for each of the Nats’ road games so that fans can watch their team on the jumbotron.
Admission into the park is free, but tickets must be reserved ahead of time. Parking passes will also be available.
For the first two games of the series—both of which begin just after 8 p.m. ET—the center field gate will open at 7 p.m. NATS PLUS members also have the opportunity to reserve premium seats behind home plate and at the Budweiser Brew House.
Game 1 of the World Series begins Tuesday night, when Cy Young contenders Max Scherzer and Gerrit Cole will face off in an attempt to propel their respective clubs to a 1-0 series lead.
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