Erique Florence transfers to Troy

Published 2:10 pm Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Former Auburn safety Erique Florence has transferred to Troy. He is enrolled in classes and will participate in fall practice.

“We are pleased that Erique has decided to come to Troy. We have success in the past with young men that needed a second chance to continue their education and playing career,” said head coach Larry Blakeney. “After talking with Erique and his mother we feel that he is a young man that deserves that chance.”

Florence, a Valley High School product, left Auburn’s team due to personal reasons in March. He recorded 23 tackles after playing in all 13 games as a freshman in 2011 but didn’t seem to fit in Brian VanGorder’s defense last season playing mostly in sub-packages.

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The former Under Armour All-American Game participant will be a junior, his eligibility for the 2013 season is still uncertain. Troy could file for a waiver in an attempt to make him eligible for the upcoming season.

Florence has a redshirt year available so has three years to play two seasons.

Florence picked Auburn over USC and Alabama as the nation’s No. 4 safety according to Inc. and the No. 52 player overall on the ESPNU 150.