Pitts to Transfer to Jacksonville State

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn senior cornerback Montae Pitts, who was arrested last month on a charge of driving while intoxicated, will transfer to Jacksonville State to play his final season of college football.

Pitts, a starter on Auburn's unbeaten 2004 team, was a backup last season and was expected to be a backup and special teams player at AU this year.

"I made a mistake and have decided that I need to get a fresh start and begin somewhere else," Pitts said on Thursday. "I've enjoyed my career at Auburn and apologize to my teammates, coaches and the Auburn fans for the mistake I've made, but this is a decision that is in my best interest for my football career, both now and the future."

Pitts, who finished his AU career with 106 tackles and one interception, played in 40 games for the Tigers after signing with AU out of Loachapoka High School.

"Montavis has decided it would be best to transfer and get a new start his senior year," Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville said. "He has been a key contributor to our program and played an important role as a starter during our perfect season in 2004. We thank him for his contributions to Auburn's football program and wish him the best."

Pitts was arrested by Tuskegee police on June 24 at 2:45 and charged with driving while intoxicated.

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