Auburn football won't have its full compliment of players for spring practice, with a few leaving the team completely, Gus Malzahn announced today.
11 total players are out for at least a portion of spring ball, which began this afternoon at Auburn. Malzahn made the various announcements during a press conference this afternoon. Here is video of the conference, via AL.com:
Injuries are the main culprit for Auburn football's limited numbers. Quarterback Sean White is out indefinitely after suffering a few injuries during the 2016 season, and he is joined by a number of other Tigers.
Cornerbacks Jamel Dean and Jayvaughn Myers, and defensive lineman Jauntavius Johnson are all recovering from knee injuries. Freshman linebacker K.J. Britt will miss spring due to a leg injury, and wide receiver Darius Slayton is recovering from hernia surgery.
Wide receiver Kyle Davis remains with the team, but will miss time due to "personal business."
Other players are moving on from the Auburn program. Offensive lineman Deon Mix will seek a graduate transfer, and linebacker Cameron Toney is also leaving the team and will likely do the same. Malzahn spoke about those two players, via AL.com:
"I will say this about (Mix and Toney), they were part of my first signing class as head coach," Malzahn said. "They're wonderful young men. They've done a great job with their time here at Auburn and they've got great families. They're going to be very successful in life. We'll miss both those guys."
Stephen Davis Jr., son of the former Auburn standout running back, is "no longer with the team," while Malzahn kicked off defensive back Markell Boston, who he says "didn't meet our standards."