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Fifth-year senior Sunny Odogwu leaving Miami, transferring to another school

Offensive lineman for Hurricanes says he's looking forward to playing elsewhere

Miami Hurricanes offensive lineman Sunny Odogwu celebrates after recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in a 2015 game against Duke.
Miami Hurricanes offensive lineman Sunny Odogwu celebrates after recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in a 2015 game against Duke. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Fifth-year senior offensive lineman Sunny Odogwu is leaving the University of Miami and transferring to another school for his final season.

"Sunny and I had a good conversation, and he informed me that he feels his best opportunity to get the most playing time would be at another school," Miami head coach Mark Richt said in a statement Monday. "Sunny has been a great teammate and leader for this program, and we will miss him."

The redshirt senior started 14 games at right tackle for the Hurricanes before suffering a season-ending injury in last year's 20-19 loss to Florida State.

Because Odogwu has already graduated with a bachelor's degree in human resources management, he will be eligible to play at another Football Bowl Subdivision school immediately.

"I have enjoyed my four years at the University of Miami," Odogwu said in a statement released by the school. "I look forward to continuing my playing career elsewhere, but I will always cherish the relationships I've built with my teammates, coaches and professors here at 'The U.'"

Meanwhile, Miami welcomed 11 newcomers to campus Monday for the start of summer classes. Among them is quarterback N'Kosi Perry, who is expected to compete for the starting job in 2017.

"We are excited to welcome these young men to the University of Miami," Richt said. "We continue to strengthen our roster with the addition of this group of players."