Hunter Knighton, a reserve offensive linemen whose bout with heat stroke in 2014 nearly took his life, will end his college career away from Miami.
Knighton, a redshirt junior, will transfer in search for more playing time, a source told The Post. He requested a release from his scholarship and will graduate this year.
Coach Mark Richt, in keeping with the policy he held at Georgia, will not restrict Knighton’s transfer to any school, a source said. Assuming he graduates, Knighton will be immediately eligible for one season as an FBS transfer.
The move opens up a scholarship for the Hurricanes, who are hopeful to sign multiple offensive linemen this cycle. UM especially wants tackles, and ones who can help immediately.
Knighton (6-5, 300) played sparingly in four games this season, most recently for a handful of plays at right tackle last week at North Carolina State, when backup-turned starter Tyree St. Louis left the game briefly with an injury.
The Pottstown, Pa. native played in 12 games on special teams last year, after sitting out 2014 recovering from his near-fatal health situation. Knighton spent 12 days in a coma after his body temperature rose to 109 degrees. He had surgery to repair his paralyzed vocal chords. Nineteen months later, he returned to the field.
He was awarded the ACC’s Brian Piccolo Award, awarded to the league’s “most courageous player,” and the Orange Bowl-Football Writers Association of America Courage Award.