The University of Washington announced on Monday afternoon that reserve defensive end Connor Cree will be leaving the program.
Cree played in 12 games this past seasons, recording 11 tackles and a sack.
In an interview with The Seattle Times, Cree emphasized that the coaching change at Washington did not factor into his decision:
When I talked to Petersen, the thing I really wanted to emphasize is that my decision had nothing to do with the coaching change. It’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about the past year.
It was definitely a tough decision. I definitely gave it a lot of thought. I talked to a lot of friends and family members about it … and, to be honest with you, I was just kind of burnt out. I lost passion for the game.
As you probably know, Cree was recruited to play at Washington under Steve Sarkisian. However, Sarkisian left the Huskies for the USC Trojans late last year, and he was replaced by former Boise State Broncos head coach Chris Petersen.
[Source: The Seattle Times]