AUBURN, Ala. — Cornerback D'Antoine Hood, a former Central-Phenix standout, has transferred from Auburn to Alabama State.
Hood, the cousin of former Auburn and current Tennessee Titans cornerback Roderick Hood, appeared in 22 games and started twice in two years with the Tigers, playing mostly on special teams and as a reserve defensive back. He finished with 22 career tackles.
He wrote in a Facebook message to the Ledger-Enquirer that he has been taking summer classes in Montgomery for the last month. Because Alabama State is in the Football Championship Subdivision, Hood will be able to play immediately.
The 5-foot-10, 192-pound cornerback saw limited playing time last year after suffering a high-ankle sprain in August. He appeared in the final 10 games and started in the Outback Bowl against Northwestern's spread offense as part of Auburn's nickel package. He made five tackles but was also beaten for a long touchdown pass.
Hood's departure hurts the Tigers' depth at cornerback, where senior Demond Washington and junior Neiko Thorpe are expected to start. T'Sharvan Bell and converted wide receiver Anthony Gulley-Morgan, both sophomores, are the only other scholarship cornerbacks currently on the roster, although several freshmen will report in August.
Hood was the only Columbus-area scholarship player on Auburn's roster.