"I think he just saw a better opportunity," Borges tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I am sorry to lose him because I think he could have been a good quarterback here, but he has got to make his own decisions about his future. I think he felt like he had a better chance there."
The other quarterback in the equation, redshirt freshman Neil Caudle, suffered a shoulder separation in the first preseason scrimmage. He returned to practice for some limited action on Tuesday as the Tigers prepare for Saturday night's home game vs. South Florida.
Ensminger played for Opelika High as a junior, but transferred to West Monroe, La., High for his senior year and led the team to the big school state title after committing to play for Auburn prior to his senior season. His team opened the season with a loss before reeling off 13 straight victories.
The quarterback was named a first team Class 5A All-State selection and was selected the Class 5A Most Valuable Player of the Year by the Louisiana Coaches Association.
"I hate seeing him go, I really do," Borges says. "I really like the kid, but he has got to do what he thinks is right for him.
"He did everything I ever asked of him and he made some progress, some definite progress coming back this," Borges adds.
Steven Ensminger will take his strong right arm to play for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.
After sitting out this fall, the 6-3, 221-pounder will have three years to play three seasons at Louisiana Tech.