Safety Derrick Moncrief will transfer from Auburn for his final season of eligibility after being granted his release. Brandon Marcello of AL.com reported the story.
Speaking to Ethan Bernal and James Crepea, the “Auburn Authority” for the Montgomery Advertiser, Moncrief explained his decision, which came on the heels of new Tigers defensive coordinator and former Florida head coach Will Muschamp moving him to outside linebacker.
“I came in as the No. 1 safety in the country and things are just not going well there,” Moncrief said. “But Auburn was a good place, I just want to thank them for everything, for them recruiting me, and I wish them the best of luck.”
Moncrief transferred to Auburn from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in January of last year and was seen as a top JUCO transfer. The 6’2″, 218 pounder from Prattville, Alabama played in thirteen games his junior season and registered 27 tackles and one forced fumble. He has not stated where he will play going forward, but did mention that playing time would be a priority.
Auburn went 8-5 last season (4-4 SEC) and lost an overtime heartbreaker to Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl. The team opens the season at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome against Louisville on September 5.