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Hurricanes tight end Jerome Washington leaving football team

Sophomore becomes third Miami player to leave team since Mark Richt hired

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Another University of Miami football player is leaving the team.

Miami sophomore tight end Jerome Washington announced Wednesday that he is leaving the team to pursue other options.

"Jerome is a wonderful young man, and I wish him the very best with his future endeavors," head coach Mark Richt said in a news release. "I fully support his decision to step away from football, and I look forward to watching his career path unfold."

Washington played in nine games as a freshman last season, mostly on special teams.

"Playing football at the University of Miami was a wonderful experience, but at this time, I feel it is in my best interest to step away from the game," Washington said. "I can't thank this institution enough for allowing me the opportunity to play college football at the highest level."

Washington is the third player to leave the Hurricanes since Richt was hired in December. Running back Walter Tucker announced last week that he was transferring for his senior season, and wide receiver Tyler Brady said he was leaving the team last month.