Bryon Cowart has requested his release from the Auburn football program, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed.

The source indicated Cowart's request is "in the process" and up to coach Gus Malzahn as 7:45 a.m. Tuesday.

The junior defensive lineman has three tackles with .5 for loss this season.

The former No. 1 recruit in the country in 2015, Cowart has 15 tackles with 1.5 for loss in 26 games in his college career.

Former ESPN recruiting analyst Derek Tyson first reported Cowart was leaving the program.

Last month, defensive line coach Rodney Garner said Cowart was still learning aspects of playing defensive tackle, where he moved to in the spring after being at end for his first two seasons.