While head coach Hugh Freeze and the Auburn football program have picked up many significant players from the NCAA transfer portal, they have also lost a few to different programs. None of the players that have entered have been too disruptive to the roster, though there are now areas lacking depth.
The first player who announced a transfer destination did so last week. Former Auburn football quarterback TJ Finley entered the portal after two seasons on the Plains. Finley struggled to lock down the QB1 position during his time at Auburn and voiced that he was unhappy with the constant addition of transfer QBs from the portal.
After his portal entry just days before the Tigers brought on former Michigan State QB Payton Thorne, Finley announced he would be continuing his college career as a graduate transfer at Texas State.
The next player that has announced a destination is tight end turned wide receiver, Landen King. The redshirt sophomore played in 11 games in orange and blue, and though he was hyped up as a game-changer, he was never able to crack the starting rotation for the Tigers. King committed to Utah last week, returning to the tight end position, and will have three years of eligibility with the Utes.
Finally, edge rusher Dylan Brooks announced his commitment to Kansas just this morning after taking an official visit with the Jayhawks over the weekend. Brooks’ position group is one of the thinner ones for Auburn football at the moment and is one to which they are looking to add transfers.
Though Brooks did not play his first season, he was a contributor during the 2022 campaign and recorded six tackles and one sack.