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Auburn Reportedly Dismisses RB Eric Smith

Eric Smith fails to catch a touchdown pass from Cam Newton on 4th-and-goal in the second quarter of the 2011 BCS National Championship Game. Auburn won, 22-19.
Eric Smith fails to catch a touchdown pass from Cam Newton on 4th-and-goal in the second quarter of the 2011 BCS National Championship Game. Auburn won, 22-19.Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Nathan DealCorrespondent IFebruary 28, 2011

Monday night, according to a report by AuburnUndercover, Auburn tailback Eric Smith (No. 32) has been booted off the team by coach Gene Chizik.

An Auburn spokesman said that Eric Smith was dismissed for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Smith previously had his standing with the team jeopardized because of an alleged fight with a fellow Auburn student.

Eric Smith played at Auburn from 2008-2010. He had a silent 2008, catching two passes for three yards, but he burst onto the scene in 2009 with a 17-catch, 219-yard and one-touchdown performance throughout the season. In 2010, he went back to silence, scoring no touchdowns and catching just five passes for 49 yards.

Smith was called for a personal foul in the BCS National Championship Game when he kicked an Oregon player in the head after Oregon had returned a kickoff.

The Auburn spokesman said he liked Smith, but Auburn coach Gene Chizik felt it best to dismiss the off-and-on fullback.

He and Philip Lutzenkirchen would often start for Auburn at the tailback spot during the Tigers' 2010 national title run.

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