TUSCALOOSA, Ala.– The offseason maneuvering has started for Crimson Tide football and while seniors and juniors are preparing for the NFL Draft, a former walk-on is transferring. After two years of scratching out playing time, redshirt sophomore running back Derrick Gore has decided to leave the program.
On Wednesday, he posted a photo to Instagram with the news.
Listed at 5-foot-10 and 211 pounds, Gore came to Alabama as a junior college player from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. He saw action in 11 games during the 2016 season, recording 93 yards rushing and a touchdown on 18 carries. The Syracuse, N.Y., native provided a spark on special teams for the Crimson Tide in the Southeastern Conference title game—blocking a punt that was returned for a touchdown against Florida.
He also chimed in 21 rushing yards and a touchdown on four attempts. Gore’s departure certainly hurts the depth at running back for Alabama; however, it’s due to the arrivals of 2017 commits Najee Harris and Brian Robinson. The Tide also returns Damien Harris, Bo Scarbrough, Josh Jacobs and Ronnie Clark for next season.