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Cancer survivor plans to enroll at Auburn

A promising football career was put on hold when Shon Coleman was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia this spring. But the cancer was gone in just two weeks and now he’s preparing to enroll at Auburn.

“It’s already been beat. That’s what a lot of people don’t know,” Coleman said. “I got cleared in March but I’m still going through treatment to make sure it doesn’t come back.”

Coleman is currently in the third phase of treatment, which he has once a week. He’ll have to continue the treatments for at least another year and a half.

“My progress is going way better than (the doctors) thought it would,” he said. “I got cured in two weeks and you don’t see that from a regular cancer patient every day. That was back in March. I’ve been working out and everything trying to get ready for January.”

Rated as one of the nation’s top offensive tackle prospects in the 2010 class, Coleman signed with Auburn out of Olive Branch (Miss.) High School. He’s been spending the last several months working out and preparing for January.

“I think about it every day. I look forward to it every day,” he said. “…It’s really important. Just coming to school and getting an education, that’s a big thing in my life.”

While it’s not finalized and he’ll have to be cleared by the doctors, Coleman’s current plan is to redshirt next season and be ready to play football in 2012. He is currently 6-foot-7 and 280 pounds.

“I haven’t really lost weight,” he said. “The most I have ever weighed was about 290. I’ll get it back up.”

Coleman and his mother attended Auburn’s game against Clemson last week and he was back this weekend for the South Carolina game. He plans to attend the rest of AU’s home games.

“It’s meant a lot seeing all my teammates and the AU family, coaches and everything. It meant a lot to me,” he said.

Coleman said he’s stayed in close contact with Auburn assistant Trooper Taylor and his teammates during the past nine months.

“Coach Taylor has been good,” Coleman said. “He makes sure everything is good with me. I talk to him every week.

“When I get back down here, they were just showing love like I was actually here.”

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