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Auburn Lost Three Defensive Backs to Transfer

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Things are getting thin back there.

Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday brought news that Auburn has lost three more players from it's already thin secondary.

Safety Derrick Moncrief is the only one of the players who saw the field much last year, as he had 27 tackles. Kamryn Melton didn't play last year after seeing just spot time in 2013, while Joe Turner didn't play last year either after transferring in from a JUCO in 2014.

While the Tigers didn't lose any starters, the secondary can't sustain many more losses. That unit has lost five players since December, and only nine scholarship players are on the roster at present. One of those nine is a true freshman signee, and four more true freshman are on the way (three 4-stars and one 3-star). Auburn is looking at opening fall camp with 13 players in the backfield, which isn't a lot.

It's common to see attrition when new coaches come in, and Auburn replaced both its defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach this year. A thin and somewhat green secondary will be something to consider before anyone picks the Tigers to win the SEC this year.