Auburn football: Gus Malzahn says Justin DeLaine 'no longer with our team'

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 25, 2014 

Auburn Football

In this file photo from fall camp in 2010, defensive end Justin DeLaine works through a drill. On Tuesday, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said DeLaine was 'no longer part of our team.'

TODD J. VAN EMST — Todd J. Van Emst

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn has officially cut ties with defensive end Justin DeLaine.

The Linden (Ala.) High School product becomes the second defender to leave the Tigers' program this offseason, joining safety Trent Fisher.

"He’s no longer with our team," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said following Tuesday's practice.

It was a resolution Malzahn said had been reached well before the Tigers started spring practice.

"It’s probably even before that," the coach responded when asked whether the decision had come within the last month.

DeLaine wasn't listed on the official roster prior to the BCS championship game and didn't travel with the team to California. In January, Malzahn said he was "working through" DeLaine's future with the program.

DeLaine was a member of Auburn's BCS championship squad in 2010, sitting out the season while taking a redshirt. In 2011, he played in two games and recorded two tackles before suffering a season-ending knee injury. During the Tigers' 2012 campaign, he appeared in three games without registering any statistics.

Last season, he participated in seven games, notching six tackles (four solo, two assisted), two tackles for loss and a sack. The last time he took the field as a Tiger came Oct. 26, when Auburn routed Florida Atlantic 45-10. DeLaine did not tally any statistics in the victory.

He had one year of eligibility remaining.

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