AUBURN, Ala. – DeRon Furr made the transition from championship quarterback at Carver High to an Auburn freshman with much to prove on Friday morning.
Furr, who graduated early from Carver, spent Friday enrolling at Auburn, getting a room assignment at Sewell Hall, according to his father, DeRon Furr Sr. The plan is for him to begin classes on Monday morning.
Furr decided to push his enrollment timetable up when Auburn backup quarterback Blake Field announced earlier in the week he would leave the team and transfer to Valdosta State. That opened the door for Furr to compete in the spring with three other Auburn quarterbacks. Rising sophomore Kodi Burns will enter the spring No. 1, followed by sophomore Neil Caudle and junior transfer Chris Todd.
The 6-foot-3, 212-pound Furr led Carver to the Class AAA state championship last month. Furr rallied the Tigers to a last-minute 16-13 win over Cairo. He also helped Carver overcome fourth-quarter deficits in wins in the quarterfinals and semifinals.
Furr Sr. said a few weeks ago he thinks intangibles like that will help Furr compete early.
“He has a passion for the game, and a willingness to compete,” Furr Sr. said. “That’s something you can’t teach a kid.”
Furr earned the Ledger-Enquirer All-Bi-City Offensive Player of the Year honors, passing for 1,567 yards and 13 touchdowns, while rushing for 742 yards and 15 touchdowns.