Football Defensive Player Checking Out

An Auburn football player will not be participating in the 2002 season.

Auburn, Ala.--Early arrival Brian Kuhn is making an early exit as an Auburn University football player.

The 6-4, 234-pound defensive end from Crescent City, Fla., has decided to leave school at Auburn. His mother told Inside the Auburn Tigers that her son plans to transfer to another college. Kuhn told friends at AU that he is planning to enroll at FSU as a student, but not play football.

Kuhn finished his high school work in December in time to go through winter workouts at Auburn and spring drills. An All-State performer in high school, he had a large number of college scholarship offers prior to signing with the Tigers.

Brian Kuhn

Physically, Kuhn struggled in spring drills because of a lack of strength. He did not figure into Auburn's playing plans this season even though the Tigers are short on depth and experience at defensive end due to his lack of strength.

The Tigers are expecting help from a pair of February signees who will begin preseason drills in August. Both were four-year starters in high school. Ben Grubbs is a 6-4, 251-pounder from Elmore County High in Eclectic. He had 150 tackles as a senior. Kyle Derozan is a 6-4, 225-pounder from Point Coupee Central in Morganza, La. He had 65 tackles as senior.

Junior Reggie Torbor is a projected starter at the weakside end based on spring training with redshirt freshman Steven Bouldin in reserve. Sophomores Bret Eddins and Jay Ratliff are expected to battle for the starting job as the strongside end.

With Kuhn and offensive guard David Walker not expected back on the team and with reserve offensive guard Steve Goula giving up football due to a medical problem, Auburn should have no problem getting down to the 85 scholarship limit by the start of fall semester.

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