Maryland junior wide receiver Nigel King has been granted his release from his scholarship and will transfer to another school.
King had 33 catches for 450 yards and four touchdowns last season, but was set to enter preseason practice as a backup among a deep and talented group of wide receivers.
King had already graduated, so he would be eligible to play immediately at another Division I Football Bowl Subdivision school as long as he pursues a graduate program not offered at the University of Maryland.
“I would like to thank all of my coaches, teammates and the rest of the athletic department staff for their support during my time at the University of Maryland,” King said in a statement. “I was able to fulfill my goals of playing college football and, most importantly, earning my degree.
"After talking with my family, I think it is in my best to pursue a new opportunity. I wish all my teammates and coaches the very best this upcoming season.”
King finishes his Maryland career with 42 catches for 575 yards and four touchdowns.
“I am appreciative of everything Nigel was able to accomplish at the University of Maryland and very proud that he earned his degree,” coach Randy Edsall said. “I wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Terrapin Times first reported King’s plans to transfer.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun