Richt announces OL Lender leaving ‘Canes

Miami Hurricanes coach Mark Richt announced two-year starting center Nick Lender will sit out the 2017 season and pursue a graduate transfer.

Lender is set to graduate this month and rather than take a light graduate course load and play out his senior season, he has decided to finish his college career elsewhere.

“Nick is going to sit out this season, he’s going to go home I think and train for one semester, then he’s going to transfer somewhere else,” Richt told CaneSport. “(He will be) a graduate transfer. He graduates in a couple of days, he’s going to graduate, will work out from what he told me and then go somewhere else to finish his career.”

While Lender started 26 games for Miami, he had fallen behind Tyler Gauthier for the starting center job and was being pushed by Corey Gaynor for backup reps, according to CaneSport.

“When guys leave it just puts pressure on the rest of the team. He’s a really good player, really knows what he’s doing. Certainly I’m disappointed because I’d rather he be here than not be here.”

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