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Academics lead Army’s starting LT to ‘pursue degree elsewhere’

And now we know a little more of the rest of the story.

Rick Kurz, Army’s starting left tackle for much of the last three seasons, was not listed on the service academy’s spring roster.  Thursday, the offensive lineman confirmed to‘s Sal Interdonato that he has decided “to pursue my degree elsewhere.”

To Kurz’s credit, he acknowledged that his “inconsistent performance academically” triggered the decision to transfer.

I had to make one of the harder decisions I’ll ever make in January due to my inconsistent performance academically during the football season,” Kurz said. “This decision has led me to pursue my degree elsewhere. I am thankful for being a small part of the success Army has had in my three years at West Point. I will miss the coaches, trainers, my brothers in arms and beating Navy again in 2018. Go Army!

In 2017, Kurz started the first seven games of the season and then, after being benched for the next two but still playing, he started the last four as well. All told, Kurz has started 27 games at left tackle the last three seasons.

In those three years, he played in a total of 36 games.