Auburn football: TE Ricky Parks, OL Shane Callahan no longer with Tigers

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comMay 20, 2014 

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said Tuesday that tight end Ricky Parks and offensive lineman Shane Callahan are no longer with the team.

TODD VAN EMST — Auburn University

AUBURN, Ala. — Tight end Ricky Parks and offensive lineman Shane Callahan won't be with Auburn when the team reports for preseason camp.

A spokesman confirmed the pair are no longer with the program on Tuesday night, just after coach Gus Malzahn met with reporters at a Tiger Trek appearance in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

This marks the second time Parks has parted ways with the team in the past nine months. After redshirting in 2012, he was dismissed on the first day of fall camp last year for an undisclosed violation of team rules. He then transferred to Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, Miss. Appearing in six games for NMCC last year, Parks made six receptions for 59 yards and two touchdowns.

Parks returned to Auburn in January as a walk-on, exiting the spring behind Brandon Fulse on the H-back depth chart.

"He will not be back," Malzahn told reporters Tuesday evening. The coach declined to elaborate further on Parks' departure.

Malzahn was a bit more candid on Callahan. In his third year on the Plains, the offensive tackle decided it was time to transfer in a bid for more playing time.

"He's going to go back to Colorado closer to home," Malzahn told "Wish him nothing but the best. Great kid, very good person."

Callahan appeared in only two games last season — in routs versus Western Carolina and Florida Atlantic, respectively — and hadn't made a start since joining the Tigers in 2012. With four starters back on the offensive line from last year's SEC champions, Callahan was expected to serve as a reserve this fall.

A consensus four-star prospect coming out of Parker, Colo., Callahan also held offers Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Utah, Vanderbilt and Washington. He committed to the Tigers in May of 2011.

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