Auburn reserve QB Sawyer Pate will enter the transfer portal
Auburn senior quarterback Sawyer Pate will join the transfer portal with two remaining years of eligibility, he announced with a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Tuesday.
Pate, who played in high school at Thompson in Alabaster, Alabama, has not played throughout his four years at Auburn.
He was regarded as a three-star prospect out of high school and arrived to Auburn as a walk-on.
He arrived at Auburn under then-head coach Gus Malzahn and stuck with the Tigers through coaching changes to Bryan Harsin and now Hugh Freeze.
Pate has not been part of Auburn’s quarterback battles and that would be unlikely to change moving into 2024 with Payton Thorne, Holden Geriner, Hank Brown and four-star signee Walker White all battling for snaps.
As of Jan. 2, they are the only four scholarship quarterbacks on Auburn’s roster for next season. Auburn reportedly made an effort to pursue top-ranked transfer quarterback Cam Ward after a lackluster game by Thorne in the Music City Bowl. But Ward opted to enter the 2024 NFL Draft.
Pate is the second Auburn quarterback to enter the transfer portal this cycle, after former backup quarterback Robby Ashford who put his name in the portal in December.