Auburn, Ala.--A pair of players the Auburn Tigers were hoping to have to provide depth in the 2017 season have decided to move on with Coach Gus Malzahn announcing that defensive back Marlon Character and defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson have both left the program following the spring semester.
"They've decided to move on," Malzahn said. "We wish them nothing but the best."
A talented defensive back who worked at both safety and cornerback last fall and this past spring, Character was one of the players who was talked about the most among the young guys in Auburn's secondary. He was expected to provide depth behind starters Carlton Davis and Javaris Davis at cornerback heading into this fall.
Without Character the Tigers will lean on sophomore John Broussard and true freshmen Malcolm Askew, Traivon Leonard and Jordyn Peters to handle those roles. Returning from his second knee injury, Jamel Dean could also be an impact player at the position as he continues to get back to full speed.
Antwuan Jackson redshirted last fall.
The loss of Jackson cuts into the depth at defensive tackle for the Tigers. While he wasn't expected to be in the top four heading into the season with juniors Dontavius Russell, Andrew Williams and Byron Cowart along with sophomore Derrick Brown clearly in front of him coming out of spring, Jackson could have been an important piece to add depth for Auburn's defensive line.