Byron Cowart joined the Auburn Tigers football program with immense expectations. That, of course, comes with the territory for a player that ESPN ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect nationally in the Class of 2015, but things have not quite gone according to plan for Cowart at the school.
He has been a rotational piece for the Tigers over the past two seasons, including three tackles (and 0.5 for loss) so far in 2017, but Cowart is reportedly ready to leave that experience behind in pursuit of another opportunity.
Derek Tyson of ESPN first reported that Cowart was on the way out at Auburn and James Crepea of AL.com confirms that Cowart has “requested his release” from Gus Malzahn and the program. It should be noted that Cowart entered the college ranks as a prolific defensive end recruit but, in 2017, Auburn chose to move him inside to defensive tackle to some degree.
The official Auburn roster still lists Cowart as a defensive end, but the 283-pound lineman has appeared inside quite a bit in the early going and that could, at least in theory, contribute to the decision. No official word is available at this point but all signs point to Byron Cowart hitting the transfer market after an underwhelming stint at Auburn.