Appearing on the wrong end of the post-spring depth chart, a pair of safeties have decided to take their collective leaves from North Carolina State.
Head coach Tom O’Brien announced Friday that Donald Coleman and Dean Haynes (pictured) have decided to transfer from his football program.
Coleman, a Princeton, NJ, native, has already graduated as a rising redshirt junior and would be eligible to play immediately if he decided to transfer to a Div. 1-A (FBS) program. Haynes, who played his high school football in Georgia, would’ve been a redshirt junior in 2012 but, unlike Coleman, has not yet graduated.
In 2010 as a redshirt freshman, Haynes moved from defensive back to running back shortly before the start of the season and finished third on the team in rushing with 320 yards and three rushing touchdowns. He was moved back to defense last year.
Both players played mainly on special teams in 2011.
Additionally, quarterback Brian Taylor (no relation), who was third on the spring depth chart, has decided to quit playing football but will remain in school.