AUBURN, Ala. — Following the first practice of fall camp Aug. 2, Gus Malzahn concluded his opening statement with an announcement.
“I'd like to let everybody know that Ricky Parks will no longer be on our team,” Auburn’s coach said of the tight end. “He's been dismissed for a violation of team rules. It's like I've said before — we have high expectations for our players on and off the field. We wish him nothing but the best.”
Five months later, Parks is rejoining the Tigers.
“He’s walking on and we’re going to give him an opportunity to prove himself,” Malzahn said Friday.
After leaving Auburn, Parks transferred to Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, Miss. In six games with the Tigers, Parks caught six passes for 59 yards, including two touchdowns.
Malzahn said he has had only limited interaction with Parks since August.
”Really nothing other than we‘re going to give him the opportunity,” he said.
Prior to his dismissal, Parks was listed as Jay Prosch’s backup at the H-back position. Once Parks left, walk-on Gage Batten moved to No. 2 on the depth chart.
“That’s going to be a big question in the spring,” Malzahn said. “We’ll mix and match guys. We’ll try a lot of different guys and see where we’re at.”
Along with fighting to succeed Prosch, Parks may also see time at tight end, where both C.J. Uzomah and Brandon Fulse return for their senior seasons.
A Hogansville native, Parks redshirted at Auburn in 2012.