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Miami Hurricanes tight end Jerome Washington leaves program

Tight end Jerome Washington has decided to leave the University of Miami football program.
Tight end Jerome Washington has decided to leave the University of Miami football program. Miami Herald Staff

The University of Miami announced Wednesday that tight end Jerome Washington has chosen to leave the program “in order to pursue other options.”

Washington, listed as 6-5 and 265 pounds, would have been a sophomore next season.

He played in nine games in 2015, mostly on special teams, catching one pass for 13 yards at FAU.

UM will be stacked with tight ends this season, including 6-4, 244-pound rising star David Njoku (21 catches for 362 yards and one touchdown), 6-4, 259-pound Chris Herndon (18 catches for 237 yards and one touchdown) and 6-4, 262-pound Standish Dobard (eight catches for 90 yards and one touchdown).

“Playing football at the University of Miami was a wonderful experience, but at this time, I feel it is in my best interest to step away from the game,’’ Washington said in the release. “I can’t thank this institution enough for allowing me the opportunity to play college football at the highest level.’’

Washington, from Princeton Junction, N.J., transferred to UM from Mercer County Community College. He played for Gattaca, a club program out of Trenton, N.J., and was a consensus four-star player by 247Sports.com, Rivals.com and ESPN.

“Jerome is a wonderful young man, and I wish him the very best with his future endeavors,’’ coach Mark Richt wrote in a released statement. “I fully support his decision to step away from football and I look forward to watching his career path unfold.’’

Susan Miller Degnan: 305-376-3366, @smillerdegnan

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