AUBURN, Ala. — One piece in an Auburn football secondary loaded with veterans will go elsewhere for his final year of eligibility.
Gus Malzahn announced Monday evening Michael Sherwood, nicknamed “Dirty Mike” by his teammates, is transferring from the Tigers after graduation. Sherwood was heading into his senior season at Auburn as a former walk-on.
“Mike Sherwood is looking to graduate and play his fifth year somewhere else,” Malzahn said Monday. “I’m not sure exactly where that’s at. Mike’s done a super job for us. He was an energy guy and we wish him nothing but the best.”
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Sherwood appeared in seven games during his Auburn career, recording five tackles and a pass break-up. The Atlanta native joined the program in 2014.
During his time at Auburn, Sherwood developed a reputation among his teammates and coaches for his enthusiasm and willingness to play any position for the Tigers. He was awarded a scholarship during fall camp in 2015.
“He’s a fun guy, comes to practice every day and gives you everything he’s got,” Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele said this spring. “He’s a tough guy. He knows what he’s doing, knows how to play corner, knows how to play safety, knows how to play Star, knows how to play mike (linebacker), and he’s a problem solver. He’s going to tell you what to do even if he doesn’t know what to do, so he gets everybody on the same page.”
Sherwood left spring practice as Auburn’s No. 4 safety behind the senior trio of Tray Matthews, Stephen Roberts and Nick Ruffin. However, Auburn moved senior wide receiver Jason Smith to safety Monday for the start of fall camp.
The Tigers also announced Monday evening another safety, true freshman Carlito Gonzalez, didn’t qualify academically. Gonzalez will go the junior college route this year.