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Auburn safety Tim Irvin announces he is leaving program

Tim Irvin (22) breaks up a pass. Louisville vs Auburn in Atlanta, Ga. on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. Zach Bland/Auburn Athletics
Tim Irvin (22) breaks up a pass. Louisville vs Auburn in Atlanta, Ga. on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. Zach Bland/Auburn Athletics Auburn Athletics

Auburn defensive back Tim Irvin is leaving the program. Irvin made the announcement Tuesday night on his personal Twitter account.

“I want to thank Auburn University for the time I was here and I appreciate the coaches and the fans. It was a great journey but it will be better for me to pursue my career elsewhere. #Wareagle,” Irvin wrote.

A spokesperson confirmed Irvin’s decision to leave the program.

The 5-foot-9, 194-pound sophomore was expected to compete for playing time at the safety and nickel spot. The Florida native, who is the nephew of former Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin, played in 10 games last season as a freshman and finished the season with 18 tackles and two pass deflections.

New secondary coach Wes McGriff praised Irvin’s development during spring camp.

“Tim is doing a good job, he’s got a good solid football IQ, when everything is in front of him,” McGriff said. “You can see him flourish in that position. He’s got good contact skills, he’s very aware and I think he has some instincts that will help at that position. You have seen him do some problem solving this spring. The picture isn’t always going to look like the painting, so they have to make some adjustments within the plays and Tim can do it.”

Auburn has plenty of depth in the secondary to make up for Irvin’s impending departure with Rudy Ford leading a versatile group of safeties capable of sliding over to the nickel spot.

Nick Ruffin, Stephen Roberts and Josh Holsey could all play at the position along with Miami of Ohio transfer Marshall Taylor.

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