As Auburn gets set to commence its first spring practice under Gus Malzahn, another touted member of one of the former coach’s recruiting classes is no longer a part of the Tigers football team.
At his pre-spring press conference Tuesday, Malzahn announced that defensive back Erique Florence has left the team due for what was described as personal issues. Suffice to say, the specific issues were not addressed.
After appearing in all 13 games as a true freshman in 2011, Florence saw limited action for the Tigers last season. Al.com notes that the safety “did not dress for Auburn’s games against Louisiana-Monroe and Alabama A&M due to personal reasons.”
A four-star member of Gene Chizik‘s second-to-last recruiting class, Florence was rated as the No. 3 safety in the country and the No. 2 player at any position in the state of Alabama.
In addition to Florence, Blake Burgess is also leaving the program, although under entirely different circumstances. Malzahn said Burgess, who played guard, center, tight end and fullback during a career at AU that began as a walk-on, will graduate early to pursue a career in acting.
The Tigers, incidentally, will begin spring practice Wednesday.