Auburn Football spring practice

Malik Willis throws under pressure form Dontavius Russell during scrimmage Saturday. Auburn Football spring practice on Saturday, March 24, 2018 in Auburn, Ala. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics

Auburn backup quarterback Malik Willis has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal and has told Auburn coaches he intends to the leave the program, 247Sports reported Thursday.

The report cited an anonymous source close to Willis, saying he entered his name into the portal on Thursday. Entering into the portal allows a player to be contacted by other schools wishing to recruit that player and set up visits.

Willis presumably stands third on Auburn’s quarterback depth chart, after Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn announced earlier this month that redshirt freshman Joey Gatewood and freshman Bo Nix were the coaches’ leaders to win the starting quarterback job this fall.

Willis is a junior who served as a backup behind Jarrett Stidham through each of the last two seasons. He played as a true freshman and a true sophomore and has not redshirted, and would be able to redshirt next season as he sits out a season to appease NCAA transfer rules — leaving him with two years of eligibility left to play at a new school starting in 2020.

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