Alabama running back Derrick Gore will transfer from the school, he announced Wednesday on Instagram.
“These past two years have been nothing short of magical,” Gore wrote. “It’s difficult to come up with the words to describe this journey here at The University of Alabama. At this time I’ve chosen to explore the option of joining another program for my final 2 years of eligibility. To be clear, I want to give a special thanks to Coach Saban and Coach Burns for giving this kid from NY a shot, I’m forever grateful. So in closing I leave you with, Roll Tide!”
Gore, a walk-on redshirt sophomore, joined Alabama in 2015 after spending his freshman season at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College.
The 5-foot-11, 210-pound Gore, a Syracuse, New York native, played in 12 games this past season. He was the Crimson Tide’s sixth-leading rusher with 93 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries.
Gore had a career-high 45 yards on six carries against Kent State and scored his first career touchdown on a 10-yard run against Florida in the SEC championship game. He also blocked a punt in that game that was returned for a score.
All five of Alabama’s scholarship running backs are currently set to return and No. 1 overall recruit Najee Harris will also join the mix this spring as an early enrollee. Four-star running back Brian Robinson also currently is committed in the Crimson Tide’s 2017 recruiting class.
Per NCAA transfer rules, Gore will have to sit out the 2017 season if he transfers to another FBS program.
Alabama’s season came to an end with a 35-31 loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff national championship game Monday.
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