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Miami (OH) grad transfer Marshall Taylor’s status at Auburn up in the air

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Former Miami (OH) defensive back Marshall Taylor missed a second straight practice for Auburn Thursday.

The team was back on the practice field for day two of preseason training camp, but the graduate transfer is still dealing what coach Gus Malzahn called “personal business.”

Malzahn said Wednesday it could be a few days before Taylor returns to the team. He left some added wiggle room to that timeline during his post-practice press conference on Thursday responding to a question about if the defensive back was still part of the program.

“As of right now,” Malzahn said. “He’s taking care some of personal business and we’ll see what happens.”

Malzahn denied any link between Taylor’s situation and the coach’s decision to dismiss Jovon Robinson from the team Wednesday.

Taylor committed to Auburn over Louisville, Michigan State and Florida in April. He briefly considered walking away from football with a year of eligibility left with the weight of 40 losses over four years taking a toll. The Georgia native decided to pursue a fifth-year on the field when he realized he still had a passion for the game.

“I wasn’t content yet, I still have a few things left on my checklist,” Taylor said.

As a senior, Taylor started 10 of the Miami-Ohio’s 11 games as a senior, finishing the season with 39 tackles, two interceptions and two pass breakups.

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