Family of Auburn football player Brian Battie gives positive update after shooting

The family of Auburn football player Brian Battie has provided a second positive update on his health, weeks after he was injured in a shooting that left his brother dead.

Battie has been released from intensive care and moved to the next phase of his recovery, trauma care, his family said on their GoFundMe page.

“He has made great progress this week and is communicating more,” the family said.

“He smiles, laughs and utters words. His two favorite words at the moment are brother and Tommie. Yesterday he was able to write his name…”

Tommie was Brian's brother, who was pronounced dead at the scene of the May 18 shooting.

“…We ask all of our prayer warriors to continue to pray for Brian’s recovery and complete healing from Brian’s head to the soles of his feet!” the family added.

“He still has a long road ahead of him to recover. We are exploring all our options to achieve the best. Rehabilitation that is appropriate for his traumatic brain injury. We ask God to guide our steps as we work and seek the best for our son.”

There were fears that Battie could suffer lifelong paralysis as a result of the shooting, according to court documents obtained by the Tampa Bay Times.

But news from his family offers a more promising outlook on his future condition.

Darryl Brookins, the suspect in the shooting, turned himself in to Sarasota County, Florida authorities and was charged with murder, attempted murder and illegal possession of a firearm.

Brookins' attorney said his client acted in self-defense.

Battie was Auburn's primary kick return specialist last year and provided additional snaps as a running back.

He ranked fifth in the SEC with an average of 23 yards per return and averaged 49 yards per kick return on special teams.

Battie ran for 227 yards on 51 carries and scored a touchdown as Auburn's reserve tailback last year.

Before coming to Auburn, Battie spent three seasons at USF, where he was a unanimous All-America selection in 2021 and was named to the All-AAC second team the following year when he rushed for 1,186 yards and eight touchdowns.

Battie ran for 1,842 yards and 10 touchdowns at USF before transferring to Auburn.

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