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Auburn defensive back Donovan Kaufman enters the transfer portal

Auburn has lost another member of its secondary with Donovan Kaufman electing to enter the transfer portal as a graduate transfer.

The veteran spent one season at Vanderbilt before following Derek Mason to Auburn ahead of the 2021 season. In his three seasons on the Plains, he spent time at both safety and nickel, appearing in 32 total games.

The New Orleans native totaled 109 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, six pass breakups, two interceptions and six forced fumbles.

He is the third Auburn defensive back to enter the portal this offseason, joining safeties Marquise Gilbert and Austin Ausberry. The Tigers are set to return just one starting member in the secondary after D.J. James, Nehemiah Pritchett, Zion Puckett, and Jaylin Simpson all declared for ther 2024 NFL draft.

Auburn landed veteran safety Jerrin Thompson from the transfer portal on Monday.

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