Auburn's Eric Smith ineligible for Outback Bowl

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn running back Eric Smith is
academically ineligible for the Outback Bowl against Northwestern.

Coach Gene Chizik said Friday that Smith won't practice with the
team or make the trip for the New Year's Day game, but he expects
him back in the fold in January.

Smith has run for 99 yards and caught 18 passes for 226 yards
for the Tigers.

He was suspended for the season opener after being charged with
third-degree assault for an off-campus fight.

Smith was granted youthful offender status.

Chizik said the rest of the players were in good academic
standing. He wouldn't say how the Tigers would fill Smith's various
roles, but said "we've made provisions."