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.
These past two years have been nothing short of magical. It's difficult to come up with the words to describe this journey here at The University of Alabama. At this time I've chosen to explore the option of joining another program for my final 2 years of eligibility. To be clear, I want to give a special thanks to Coach Saban and Coach Burns for giving this kid from NY a shot, I'm forever grateful. So in closing I leave you with, Roll Tide!
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.