AUBURN, Ala. — Defensive back Marlon Character Jr. was involved in a heated “incident” with a teammate before leaving the Auburn football program, sources told SEC Country.
Sources say that teammate was not defensive lineman Antwuan Jackson Jr., who is also transferring from the program. The altercation with the teammate, a fellow defensive player who is still with the team, happened recently.
An Auburn spokesman could neither confirm nor deny the incident when reached by SEC Country on Thursday.
Auburn announced Thursday morning Character “will transfer” from the program after a redshirt freshman season. Jackson’s decision to transfer was not related to Character’s incident.
“They’ve decided to move on,” Malzahn said. “We wish them nothing but the best.”
The redshirt defensive back was one of the most talked-about players on the Plains this spring and was expected to contribute this fall.
“Marlon‘s got length. He competes,” secondary coach Greg Brown said during Auburn’s assistant coach media day. “He’s getting better every day. He’s a young guy. Don’t get me wrong, he’s got a long way to go, like all of us do. But he’s making strides, and he’s got the right attitude.
“He’s working hard at it. He competes. He’s tough. I like being around Marlon.”
The Atlanta, Ga., native, who was recognized as versatile by the coaching staff, was expected to have an opportunity to step in at several positions, including cornerback and nickel.
Character was also an option to add depth to Auburn’s thin safety group.
As a senior at Grady High School, the first team GSWA Class 4A all-state selection totaled 57 tackles and snagged five interceptions.