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Washington to Leave Miami Football Program

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami sophomore tight end Jerome Washington announced today that he has elected to leave the Hurricanes’ football program in order to pursue other options.

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

Washington saw action in nine games as a freshman in 2015, seeing most of his action on special teams. He arrived in Coral Gables after playing at Merer County Community College where he was ranked as the 19th overall junior college prospect by ESPN.com.

“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.”

Our take:  Washington came with a lot of hype, but very raw.  The intricacies of playing a skill position at a high level at D1 take time to develop.   It is a shame the young man is moving on.  But with David Njoku, Stan Dobard, and Chris Herndon among others returning, this is a loss the program can easily sustain.