Billings Leaves Auburn Football Team

Wide receiver Montez Billings will not return to the Tiger football team.

Auburn, Ala.--Senior wide receiver Montez Billings, who opened the 2009 Auburn football season on academic suspension, has left the team for personal reasons Coach Gene Chizik said on Friday.

Billings was expected to return for the Tennessee game, but that won't happen.

"Montez has his degree and has decided to leave the Auburn football team to pursue other opportunities," Chizik said. "We appreciate what he gave to the football program during his career and wish him the best in his future endeavors."

For his career, the former Pelham football and track star caught 55 passes for 645 yards and one touchdown in 34 games. He caught 152 passes for 2,315 yards in high school and was state champion in the 200 meters.

Montez Billings (84).

The most experienced wide receiver on the team, Billings caught 24 passes for 277 yards in 11 starts last fall. After seeing reserve duty in 2006 when he caught three passes for 47 yards, he grabbed 28 balls for 321 yards and a TD in 2007.

Billings attended spring practices this year, but was not allowed to participate due to academic reasons, Chizik said.

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