A Syracuse Orange football player involved in a rather traumatic offseason situation has decided to continue his collegiate playing career elsewhere.
In a missive posted to his social media accounts Tuesday, Corey Winfield announced that he has decided to transfer from the Orange. The defensive back said “[t]his decision was very difficult to make, one that required much prayer and counsel.”
Winfield intends to leave ‘Cuse as a graduate, meaning he can transfer to another FBS program and use his final season of eligibility in 2017.
I am forever thankful for the experiences, the memories and the life… https://t.co/OhjZifi4vp
— Corey Winfield (@c_xi_w) November 30, 2016
Winfield was one of two current ‘Cuse defensive backs who were stabbed by a former Orange defensive back, Naesean Howard, in a frightening incident this past April.
Howard allegedly went into an unprompted “rage” shortly after showing up at an on-campus barbecue celebrating an SU student’s birthday, first stabbing Chauncey Scissum near his jaw. Winfield, one of a handful of ‘Cuse football players in attendance, intervened on his teammate’s behalf and was stabbed multiple times in the arms, chest and ribs.
Winfield is a two-year starter for the Orange. His four pass breakups this season were tied for the team lead.