Auburn vs. Liberty

Auburn's Asa Martin (3) runs the ball in the second half. Auburn vs. Liberty football on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala.

Auburn freshman running back Asa Martin announced on Twitter on Saturday that he’ll be transferring from the university.

Martin played a limited role in his freshman season at Auburn.

He arrived on the Plains as a touted class of 2018 signee in January, after being named Alabama’s Gatorade Player of the Year as well as the state’s Mr. Football following his senior season at Austin High School.

This season he appeared in six games. He finished the regular season with 57 rushing yards on 13 carries. He ran for 44 yards on 10 carries in Auburn’s blowout win over Liberty late in the season.

He struggled to find playing time in the Tigers’ backfield behind redshirt freshman JaTarvious Whitlow, junior Kam Martin and fellow true freshman Shaun Shivers.

“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,” Asa Martin posted on Twitter.

“However, I have made the decision to transfer. I appreciate all the love and support.

“War Eagle Always.”

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn was asked midway through the season about the Tigers’ plans for him, and whether they included a redshirt for him or for him to become a growing part of Auburn’s offense. Malzahn said in late October that Asa Martin was competing for playing time along with the other backs in Auburn’s backfield.

Whitlow emerged as the breakout star of that backfield this season, rushing for 777 yards on 143 carries with a 5.43 yards-per-carry average.

Behind Kam Martin who has rushed for 400 yards so far this season, Shivers rushed for 338 yards on 59 carries.

Asa Martin has a history of transfers. He left Austin High after his sophomore season to play his junior season of high school football at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., before he returned back to Austin High to play out his senior season in 2017.

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