AUBURN, Ala. — After three days of speculation about his future, DeRon Furr has decided to transfer from Auburn before his college football career ever truly began.
The Columbus native, who quarterbacked Carver to a Class AAA state championship last fall, reached his decision after meeting with Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville Tuesday.
“He's decided to leave the football team. Next question,” Tuberville said when asked about Furr after Tuesday's workout.
Tuesday's announcement brought an end to the questions that surrounded the true freshman safety since he last practiced on Saturday, Auburn's first workout of the preseason. Furr was involved in a practice fight with several fellow defensive backs that afternoon and watched the rest of practice from a tent.
He didn't show up for practice on either Sunday or Monday, although Tuberville refused to shed any light on Furr's whereabouts either day.
Numerous calls by the Ledger-Enquirer to Furr's parents' residence and mobile phone went unanswered, although Furr's father, DeRon Sr., spoke with Auburnsports.com about his son's intentions to transfer to another school.
“We don't know where, but he'll be looking to finish out his career elsewhere,” Furr Sr. said. “He appreciates the opportunity and wishes Auburn the best. It just didn't work out for him.”
Things never seemed to work out for Furr from the very beginning of his time on the Plains.
He graduated from Carver last December and was an early enrollee at Auburn in order to participate in spring practice. He began his Auburn career as a quarterback, but did not mesh well with offensive coordinator Tony Franklin and failed to move up the depth chart from fourth string.
He willingly moved to safety at the beginning of summer workouts, seeking an increased opportunity for playing time. The day before practice started, Furr seemed to believe he was ready to contribute at safety, as his knowledge from playing quarterback was helping ease the transition.
“It's going pretty good. I just had to adjust to it,” Furr said last Friday. “Just being an athlete and being able to come from quarterback to safety, playing quarterback really helped me a lot — just knowing how the receivers break on the routes and stuff.”
But he never practiced another minute after Saturday's brawl, losing out on what might have been an even greater opportunity to play this year after veteran Aairon Savage suffered a potentially serious knee injury in Monday's practice.
“Things like that happen,” Auburn defensive coordinator and secondary coach Paul Rhoads said. “Whatever form of attrition, that's all you do — you step up and move on.”