Asa Martin reenters transfer portal

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Former Alabama Mr. Football winner Asa Martin has reentered the transfer portal.

The former Auburn running back joined the program in January after transferring following his true freshman season with the Tigers. The Austin High School graduate participated in the first two days of spring practice with the Hurricanes before missing the rest of the spring after suffering a leg injury.

Martin appeared in five games last season at Auburn, rushing for 57 yards on 13 carries and catching two passes for 36 yards before announcing in December that he was leaving the program.

He made his final appearance of the season in a 23-9 loss at Mississippi State, which cost him the ability to redshirt since new NCAA rules allow players to play in up to four games while maintaining redshirt status. His family members believed the situation was botched by the Auburn coaching staff.

“After the Mississippi State game is when another assistant coach said that he wanted to redshirt Asa,” Martin’s mother, Sharay Harris, told AL.com in December. “At this point, he had played five games.”

ATLANTA, GA SEPTEMBER 01: Auburn’s Asa Martin (20) during the Chick-fil-A Kickoff classic game on September 1st, 2018 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. The Auburn Tigers defeated the Washington Huskies by a score of 21 16. (Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“… I’m just blown away, because Asa and I and his dad already knew that Asa’s redshirt had already been burned in the Mississippi State game.”

A former four-star recruit out of Austin High School in Decatur, Ala., Martin was ranked as the nation’s No. 202 overall prospect and No. 9 running back in the 2018 class, according to the 247Sports Composite. He was also the No. 6 player in the state of Alabama.

He was named Alabama’s Mr. Football after rushing for 2,228 yards and 33 touchdowns on 198 carries during his senior season in 2017. Here’s a look at his 247Sports scouting report from high school:

“Martin is a slippery ball carrier that shows impressive cutback ability and foot quickness while navigating through traffic en route to the end zone. He’s an instinctive runner that’s patient to wait for his blocks to set up, but can continue to work on his acceleration to break off some of those game-changing plays. Martin isn’t the biggest running back across the map, but plays bigger than his size and has no problem putting his shoulder down. This is a crafty runner that can do a lot of things on the football field, but he’s a high-character young man as well.”

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