Louisville senior running back Jeremy Smith will play his fifth and final season of college football in a different uniform.
According to the Courier-Journal , Smith (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) was granted his release to transfer on Monday evening. He will graduate from the university later this month and will likely be eligible to play immediately at his new destination as he seeks out a medical redshirt for the 2017 season.
“He doesn’t want anything negative,” said Smith’s father, Craig Williams. “… He loved Louisville. That’s the place where he grew up and became a man. He loved the city and the fans. The system just doesn’t work for him.”
Smith signed with Louisville out of junior college in 2014, playing the past three seasons with the Cardinals. He finishes his UL career with 660 yards and 11 touchdowns, including the team’s second-most rushing scores (8) last season — behind Heisman-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson, of course.
The Hammond, L.A. native played in the season-opener against Purdue, but the following week, doctors found a fracture in his foot that prematurely ended his season.
Per the report, Smith is “open to any school” but is interested in LSU, Alabama and others, depending on “where he might fit as an every-down running back.” He’ll have plenty of options, too, as Louisville has only restricted him from transferring to Kentucky, Notre Dame and all ACC schools.
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