RB Martin to transfer from Auburn

Auburn Tigers running back Asa Martin (3) carries against the Liberty Flames during the fourth quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Nov. 3.Photo Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Freshman running back Asa Martin announced his intention to transfer from Auburn.

Martin did not divulge any clues as to a possible destination.

Martin rushed 13 times for 57 yards and added two receptions for 36 yards in five games this season with the Tigers. He also returned a kickoff for 18 yards.

“I would like to take the time out to thank Auburn University for giving myself, a young man from Courtland, Alabama the opportunity of a lifetime,” Martin posted in a note on Twitter. “However, I have made the decision to transfer. I appreciate all the love and support. War Eagle Always.”

Martin’s fifth game reportedly came against Mississippi State on Oct. 6.

Per AL.com, when Martin played in that contest, he had already played in four games for the Tigers. The NCAA passed a rule allowing true freshmen to play in up to four games and still earn a redshirt.

Sharay Harris, Martin’s mother, told AL.com that she informed Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey prior to that game that using him would burn his redshirt year.

Martin ran for 2,228 yards and 33 touchdowns as a high school senior.

Listed at 5-foot-11 and 209 pounds, Martin fielded offers from Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Michigan and Ole Miss before initially selecting Auburn.

With Martin’s decision to transfer, Auburn is left with four scholarship running backs on the roster.

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