Taylor Gadbois is no longer a member of the University of Miami football team.
The 6-8, 321-pound junior offensive tackle, who started five games at right tackle last season before going down with a season-ending knee injury against Duke, was dismissed from the team Thursday.
Before UM announced the news, Gadbois shared his feelings on Twitter.
“Will always love you Miami,” he wrote. “This was not my decision, but I am no longer a Miami Hurricane. Lots of pain in my heart knowing my dream of graduating was one semester short.”
Said coach Al Golden in a statement released by the school: “Taylor is a bright young man and we wish him the best in his future academic and athletic endeavors.”
Even if he hadn’t been dismissed, Gadbois was expected to start the season on suspension for unspecified reasons.
His departure leaves an already young and inexperienced UM offensive line a little more depleted.
The Canes lost three valuable starters from last year’s team: seniors Jon Feliciano and Shane McDermott and left tackle Ereck Flowers, who left early for the NFL Draft and was taken in the first round by the New York Giants.
The only returning starter with plenty of experience is right guard Danny Isidora, who started all 13 games last season. Sophomore guard Brandon Linder started four games.
Sophomore Trevor Darling, who started the final five games of the season at right tackle, and sophomore Kc McDermott are expected to be the first-team offensive tackles.
Miami brought in six offensive linemen in its last recruiting class including junior college transfer Jahair Jones, who also will compete for a starting job.