AUBURN, Ala. — Backup offensive guard Jordan Diamond has apparently left the Auburn football program after three seasons.
He shared the news on social media, saying the A-Day game Saturday was his “last time running through the smoke” at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
He thanked Auburn fans and coaches, adding: “You saved my life.”
Thanks Auburn Fans Family and Coaches, last time running through the smoke of Jordan Hare! You saved my life. WDE pic.twitter.com/OZ9bKx9niL
— CM_76 (@Jordan76simeon) April 14, 2016
Update (5 p.m.) Auburn has confirmed Diamond’s departure from the program.
Diamond has battled injuries for most of his stint on the Plains, and played in only seven games after coming to Auburn as a four-star prospect.
He had to sit out the 2012 season due to shoulder surgery, missed spring practices due to arthroscopic knee surgery and later underwent back surgery during his sophomore season in September 2014.
Diamond was rated the nation’s No. 10 offensive tackle in 2012, but never quite lived up to the hype. He never started a game at Auburn.
Coaches had high hopes Diamond would make a breakthrough this spring under new offensive line coach Herb Hand, but he mostly spent his time with the second- and third-team units.
“He’s battled through a lot of injuries, and he’s had a lot of adversity,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said in March. “He’s one of those guys that I’m really hoping this spring that finds a position and gets confidence in playing and stays healthy. I think that’s his biggest thing, but we’re rooting for him.”