The writing was on the wall as soon as Gus Malzahn announced that Auburn would focus its 2019 quarterback competition on redshirt freshman Joey Gatewood and true freshman Bo Nix.

Junior Malik Willis, one thought to be the heir apparent to the job vacated by Jarrett Stidham, plans to enter his name into the NCAA's transfer portal, multiple sources confirmed to the Montgomery Advertiser on Thursday. Auburn Undercover was the first to report the news.

That fact alone does not guarantee Willis' departure from the program — players have the right to explore their options but not leave — but given that he has only two seasons of eligibility remaining and is looking at a No. 3 spot on the depth chart behind two players younger than he is, it seems likely that his time with the Tigers will end after two seasons.

Willis appeared in 15 games between 2017 and 2018, completing 11 of 14 passes for 69 yards and one touchdown to go along with 309 rushing yards and two more scores on 15 carries.