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Wide receiver Myron Burton no longer part of Auburn football team

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn fans and coaches looked at wide receiver Myron Burton as a breakout candidate for the fall.

A standout performance on A-Day earned him offensive MVP honors, and praise from the Tigers’ coaching staff.

It was a mild surprise when he wasn’t part of the two-deep depth chart released by the team Tuesday, but a short-lived one.

“Myron Burton is no longer on our team,” Malzahn said, addressing the media shortly after the depth chart was handed out. “It was a mutual decision, and we wish him nothing but the best for the future.”

Malzahn declined to offer any details surrounding the circumstances of Burton’s situation, and didn’t mention the receiver by name when answering a question about the team’s depth at the ‘X’ slot in the offense.

“We have three or four guys who can play both, so we’ll move people around probably more than we have in the past, but we do have some depth at receiver that we feel good about,” Malzahn said.

The former 3-star prospect out Peachtree Ridge High School in Georgia redshirted his freshman year.

Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee identified Burton as a player who could help the offense replace the production of graduating seniors Sammie Coates, and Quan Bray in the spring while praising the receiver’s athleticism, and aggressiveness.

“We're going to need him as far as depth goes and we're going to need him to make plays,” Lashlee said. “We’re counting on him to continue to raise his level."

The 6-foot-2, 201-pounder won’t get a chance to show off that potential in a Tigers’ uniform.

Auburn will move forward with wide receivers Ricardo Louis, Melvin Ray and Marcus Davis listed as starters. D’haquille Williams is also listed as a starter with an “OR” next to his name alongside Tony Stevens.

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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