Nick Linder, a starter of 26 games over three seasons for Miami, is leaving the program as a graduate transfer.
Linder has dealt with a number of injuries over the last few seasons, but is an experienced offensive lineman, and should have plenty of opportunity.
Mark Richt did not divulge exactly why he is leaving the team, but injury and potential loss of playing time seem like contributing factors.
From the Palm Beach Post:
Richt said Linder plans to graduate from UM this week, use the fall to train, and join another program for the spring. He will have one season of eligibility remaining.
Why is he leaving?
“You’d have to ask him,” Richt said.
It’s clear that ongoing shoulder issues and Tyler Gauthier‘s performance were contributing factors.
Linder did not participate in spring drills in 2016 and 2017 while recovering from two separate shoulder surgeries. Gauthier replaced him as UM’s first-string center both years. Gauthier, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound junior from Venice High, opened fall camp last week as the No. 1 center.
Linder was likely to contribute at center and/or guard this season for the ‘Canes. Instead, he is taking the fall off, and will use his last season of eligibility elsewhere in 2018.