Miami junior linebacker Marques Gayot is leaving the program, the school announced Thursday. Gayot will pursue other opportunities, the school said, which is one way to say he will look to transfer to another program. Should Gayot transfer to another FBS school, he will be forced to sit out the 2016 season before he may be eligible to play again.
Gayot suffered a scary neck injury during a practice last September. The injury was severe enough to keep him out of action for the remainder of the 2015 season, although he was expected to make a full recovery. Prior to his neck injury in 2015, Gayot appeared in three games for the Hurricanes and tallied seven tackle and 2.5 tackles for a loss with 1.5 sacks.
Miami appears to be pretty solid with linebacker depth, although it includes a good amount of youth coming off a solid showing in the first recruiting class pulled in by new head coach Mark Richt.
Miami’s 30-20 victory over Virginia Tech this weekend came at a price. Senior linebacker Raphael Kirby injured his right knee while making a play and will now miss the remainder of the 2015 season as a result. Miami head coach Al Golden announced the news during his weekly day-after teleconference, per The Miami Herald.
“I’m crushed,” Golden said. “Raphael represents what we want in a Miami Hurricane. He’s a leader. He’s unselfish. He holds his teammates accountable, and he’s a big part of who we are.”
Kirby played in 39 games for the Hurricanes, ending his career with 124 tackles. His senior season ends now with a team-leading 44 tackles. The loss of Kirby is the third at the linebacker position this season for the Hurricanes, with Darrion Owens and Marques Gayot also out due to injuries.
“We are tremendously disappointed for Raphael,” Golden said. “He is the true definition of a leader on the field, in the community and in the classroom. His commitment to our team and our goals has been unquestioned over his career, and he will be sorely missed. We will support Raphael through his recovery as we continue to lean on his leadership for our team.”
Miami will look to fill Kirby’s spot on the field with either Trent Harris or Juwon Young.