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Former 4-Star SEC QB Has Reportedly Left His Program

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AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 15: A general view of Jordan-Hare Stadium during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the LSU Tigers on September 15, 2018 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

A former top quarterback recruit in the SEC has reportedly left his program.

According to a report from Brandon Marcello of 247Sports, Joey Gatewood decided to leave the Auburn football team this week.

The sophomore quarterback has been the primary backup to true freshman Bo Nix so far this season, but has seen playing time in seven games. He reportedly missed practice on Tuesday, leading to speculation that he was leaving the program.

Here's the news from Marcello:

Gatewood met with Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and staff members in the early afternoon Tuesday to discuss his future. Gatewood's discussion with Malzahn and other staffers at Auburn came on the heels of a sub-par performance by the offense in which Gatewood's role was diminished as a "package" quarterback behind starter Bo Nix.

Gatewood completed 5-of-7 passing for 54 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 29 rushes for 148 yards and three touchdowns this season.

The former four-star quarterback played sparingly in 2018, Gatewood finally have enough of waiting for his time to shine.

He'll leave the program with several years of eligibility left. If he transfers to an FBS program, he'll have to sit out the 2020 season.

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