Blake Sims, a junior who played in all 13 games as a freshman last season, has announced that he will transfer to Florida State.
The Tigers were expected to offer Sims a scholarship but have not officially done so, and Sims said he is not willing to sacrifice his chance to play at the school he attended for the past two years.
He said in a statement posted on Twitter that he would continue to focus on the team, which finished the season 8-5.
“I want to thank the Auburn football team for allowing me to remain a part of this family,” Sims said.
“Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, I cannot continue to play for Auburn in the upcoming football season.
I am truly blessed to have such a great family. “
Please know that I am thankful for the opportunity to play my home football team.
I am truly blessed to have such a great family.
I would like to thank all my teammates, coaches, fans and everyone at Auburn who supported me during this difficult time.”
Sims played in the Tigers’ last game, a 44-10 loss to Oklahoma State on Oct. 10.
He completed 16 of 27 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Sims, who is projected to go in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft, said he was not willing “to sacrifice the opportunity I have to play football at Auburn.”
“I will continue to work hard on improving my craft and working hard to become a better football player,” Sims added.
“For me, the most important thing is to continue to improve my craft.
I want to give back to my team, my teammates and my fans and wish the best to everyone involved.”
Sims was the second Auburn player to transfer from the program.
Running back D’Andre Thompson was dismissed from the team following the season due to academic issues, but the Tigers have not given up on his transfer.
“He is an exceptional player who will help our program and I will miss him,” Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said of Thompson in a press release.
“We are very excited to have Blake return and will continue working to make him a better player and a better Auburn fan.”
Sims will join the new class of 2019.