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Auburn freshman drives back Asa Martin transfer

Asa Martin's time on the plain has ceased. The freshman drives back and earlier Alabama Mr. Football announced his decision…

Asa Martin’s time on the plain has ceased.

The freshman drives back and earlier Alabama Mr. Football announced his decision to transfer on Saturday. Martin made his decision publicly via Twitter.

Martin, a former four-star prospect, arrived at Auburn in the spring but struggled to break the rotation when he went back this season. His decision to transfer comes in the wake of Auburn coach botching his redshirt opportunity this season and just days after his mother told AL.com that Martin would not transfer.

“I would like to thank Auburn University for giving me a young man from Courtland, Alabama the opportunity for a lifetime,” wrote Martin in a note on Twitter. “I’ve taken the decision to transfer. I appreciate all love and support.” War Eagle Always. “

Martin performed in six matches this season and ended with 1

3 bears 57 meters while he added a couple of receptions for 36 meters. Ten of the berries came in the second half of Auburn’s home final against Liberty, which shortened a seriously misunderstood season for the former Austin star.

Martin officially appeared in four of Auburn’s first six games in limited capacity. But his fourth official appearance – against the Mississippi state on October 6th – was actually his fifth appearance. Two weeks before, against Arkansas, Martin did not look up in the game’s participation report despite showing a short look in the field.

During the 34-3 win against Arkansas on September 22, Martin took the field late in the first half after the tigers took over on Razorback’s 9-yard line at 3:08 to follow a partially blocked point by Jordyn Peters. First down, Auburn shot shotgun with a shared backfield – Boobee Whitlow up to the right of Jarrett Stidham and Martin to the left. Martin then moved to the right, but before Auburn was able to catch the ball, a delay of the game called.

The penalty baked Auburn up 5 meters, and on the subsequent first down game Martin was back on the sideline and did not see the field for the rest of the game. NCAA never responded to an AL.com request to clarify the new redshirt rule, enabling players to appear in four matches without losing one year of eligibility and whether this appearance affects Martin’s eligibility.

Martin’s mother Sharay Harris told AL.com earlier this week that before the mississippi state game she had already informed the offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey that her son had appeared in four matches and that another look would burn her redshirt. After Martin had appeared in the Mississippi State game two weeks later, coaches talked to his parents about redshirting him this season, but they declared to a named offensive assistant that their son had already appeared in five games.

“We, his parents, made them look after they burned it that they had already burned it,” Harris told AL.com earlier this week. “They were still not alike – they did not acknowledge the fact that They had burned it. It was as though they did not know. Do not know what you mean you do not know? “

Aubus coach Gus Malzahn said during the weekend at the end of October that Martin would not redshirt and would” compete with other backrests “to play time. Despite that, the 5-foot-11, 209-pound citizen was probably referred to fifth-string data behind Whitlow, Kam Martin, Shaun Shivers and Malik Miller for the rest of the season.

With Asa Martin’s decision to transfer, Auburn is left with the four above-mentioned sch olarship driving back on roster. None of the four are leading, so everyone is expected to return in 2019. The tigers currently do not have a run back to the 2019 recruitment class, even though they are actively recruiting several ongoing prospects.

Tom Green is a Auburn beat reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @ Tomas_Verde.

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