02/06/09 - PRO POTENTIAL: LB Tray Blackmon -- The oft-injured junior decided to leave school a year early and go to the CFL in hopes of establishing himself and getting a possible shot at an NFL roster down the road.
01/09/09 - Linebacker Tray Blackmon is not enrolled at Auburn and plans to sign a contract to play in the Canadian Football League. Blackmon's star-crossed college career included injuries and suspensions. He missed 17 games in three years because of those issues. He finished his Auburn career with 84 tackles. Blackmon was a fan favorite because of his promise, but played in just over half of Auburn's games in three years. He suffered a broken wrist midway through the 2008 season, and then left the team to support his family. Two other players have announced their intentions to leave Auburn to play in the NFL: Defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks and defensive back Jerraud Powers. Auburn will also be without two other underclassmen: wide receiver Chris Slaughter is not in school for the spring semester and is not expected back; and defensive back Ryan Williams has enrolled at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss. - Charles Goldberg, Birmingham News
11/28/08 - LB Tray Blackmon, one of the best in the SEC when healthy, had left school in mid-semester after breaking his wrist to get a job and take care of his family. However, his roommate, Sen'derrick Marks, said Blackmon is expected back with the team after the first of the year. "He's doing well," Marks said. "He's getting ready to get his cast off. He can't wait to come back next year. It's not like he's down about himself or he's throwing everything away because he couldn't play one year. He's ready to come back."