Tracking Auburn football’s additions in the transfer portal

By Jacob Hillman

TJ Finley, QB (LSU)

Finley was a three-star prospect out of high school and received significant playing time in his freshman year at LSU. He started five games in 2020 and passed for 941 yards and five touchdowns while throwing five interceptions.

Andrew Leota, DE (Northwestern)

Leota appeared in 18 games throughout his Northwestern career. He recorded 10 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks in those games.

Marcus Harris, DE (Kansas)

Harris is a Montgomery native and comes into Auburn with four years of eligibility remaining. In his redshirt freshman season at Kansas, he led the team in tackles for loss with 7.5 in eight games.

Tony Fair, DT (UAB)

Fair is 6-foot-3 and 335 pounds, picking the Tigers over Ole Miss and Purdue. He is a journeyman as Auburn will be his fourth program. In nine games in 2020, he recorded three tackles for loss and one sack.

Dreshun Miller, CB (West Virginia)

Miller comes to Auburn with two years of eligibility remaining after starting nine games for West Virginia in 2020. He only intercepted one pass but recorded eight pass deflections.

Donovan Kaufman, S (Vanderbilt)

Kaufman was a four-star prospect out of high school and only played two games for Vanderbilt in 2020 as a freshman due to injury. He was productive in those two games with 15 total tackles and one pass deflection. He also returned kickoffs averaging 27.4 yards per return on five tries.

Bydarrius Knighten, S (Southeast Missouri State)

Knighten arrives to Auburn with one year of eligibility remaining after four successful years at Southeast Missouri State, including being named First-Team All-OVC in 2018 and Second-Team All-OVC in 2019. Knighten totaled 23 pass deflections, six interceptions and four tackles for loss in his career. Knighten will add depth in place of Chris Thompson Jr., who transferred to USC.

Where does Auburn look now in the transfer portal?

Auburn can still pick up about five more transfers that would count against the 2022 recruiting class. Positions to keep an eye on are obviously on the offensive side of the football and specifically offensive linemen and wide receivers. The offensive line has struggled the last few years, so the coaching staff would like to see fresh faces in the position room. When it comes to receiver, Auburn does not return much experience in that group, so the Tigers would like to bring in a veteran to help out quarterback Bo Nix.