Reserve cornerback Terrance Henley, who played special teams last year as a sophomore, has left the team.
UM announced Henley’s departure Wednesday.
“I talked to Terrance and he felt like he would have more opportunities for playing time at another program,” coach Mark Richt said in a statement distributed by the school. “We wish him all the best in his future plans.”
Henley, who wore No. 21, played in three games last season.
He was unlikely to play a significant role as a junior, with grad transfer Dee Delaney, junior college transfer Jhavonte Dean, sophomore Malek Young, freshman Trajan Bandy and juniors Michael Jackson and Ryan Mayes ahead of him in the cornerback rotation, and some of those players and several talented youngsters vying for time on special teams. UM’s top-rated 2018 recruiting class features five defensive backs at present, four of which are ranked among the top 20 nationally by 247Sports.
Henley was an unranked recruit out of Pompano Beach-Ely High and was added to UM’s 2015 recruiting class three weeks after signing day. The transfer of cornerback Antonio Crawford opened a spot for him on scholarship.
Depth players transferring is common in college football, especially in the year following a coaching change.
Since the end of last season, the Hurricanes have lost these players to transfer: Henley, tight end Jovani Haskins (West Virginia), offensive tackle Sunny Odogwu (UCLA), quarterback Jack Allison (West Virginia), safeties Cedrick Wright (destination unknown) and Jeff James (Copiah-Lincoln, a junior college) and running back Gus Edwards (Rutgers) to transfer.
Defensive tackle Courtel Jenkins was dismissed and surfaced at Houston.
Offensive linemen Brendan Loftus (Samford) and Hunter Knighton (Tulane) departed before UM’s bowl game.
Tight end David Njoku, quarterback Brad Kaaya and running back Joe Yearby declared early for the NFL Draft.
Barring another transfer, the Hurricanes expect 76 scholarship players to report for fall practice Aug. 1. That number includes defensive tackle Jon Ford, the only 2017 signee who has not enrolled.
The NCAA limit for scholarship players is 85.
Update: On July 27, cornerback Ryan Mayes left the program. UM now expects 75 scholarship players for camp. Since defensive tackle Gerald Willis, who is taking a leave of absence, is still on the roster, we are including him in this exercise.