Following the Miami Hurricanes’ 34-24 loss to Wisconsin in the 2017 Capital One Orange Bowl this past Saturday, everyone’s eyes were set towards 2018.
It didn’t take long for things to go into motion as the school announced Monday that defensive lineman Ryan Fines has decided to leave the football program.
Fines, a redshirt sophomore from Bradenton IMG Academy, released a statement regarding his decision to leave.
“I would like to thank Coach [Mark] Richt, the coaching staff and my teammates for all of their support,” Fines said. “I look forward to this new opportunity.”
The 6-foot-3, 305-pound interior lineman was sparsely used by defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski. He played in just two games for the Hurricanes this past season – registering a tackle and a fumble recovery.
Fines, a redshirt sophomore from Bradenton, is scheduled to graduate in the spring. He played in two games for the Hurricanes this past season, recording one tackle and one fumble recovery.
Miami head coach Mark Richt released a statement regarding Fines’ departure.
“Ryan and I talked, and he feels his best opportunity to get the most playing time would be at another school,” Richt said. “Ryan has been a great representative of our program. We appreciate all the hard work he has put in and we wish him all the best in his future plans.”