BLACKSBURG, Va. - Five Virginia Tech Hokie football players have posted to Twitter that they will be transferring from the University at the end of the semester, within the last 24 hours.
Rising seniors tight end Chris Cunningham and wide receiver Eric Kumah, announced Tuesday that they would be transferring.
Cunningham was a major contributor to the Hokies offense this season, catching 22 career passes for 297 yards and seven touchdowns.
Kumah started all 12 games during the 2018 season, catching 42 passes for 559 yards and seven touchdowns.
Then on Wednesday, three more announcing their departure from the program.
Starting with red-shirt junior wide receiver Sean Daniel announcing his decision to transfer from Virginia Tech on Twitter.
Daniel played in seven games in the 2018 season.
The next to announce, red-shirt sophomore running back Deshawn McClease.
McClease played in 11 games and starting in two of them during the 2018 season. He had two touchdowns on 95 receiving yards and 433 rushing yards.
Rounding out the five, junior quarterback Josh Jackson, who was rumored had entered the NCAA transfer portal but did not make the announcement publicly to Twitter until later in the evening.
Jackson began the 2018 season as the Hokies starting quarterback, until suffering a fibula and tibula fracture during the Old Dominion game in the Hokies third game of the season causing Jackson to miss the remainder of the season. In 2017, Jackson started in all 16 games leading the Hokies to an 11-5 record.
Hokies head Coach Justin Fuente releasing this statement about the recent transfers:
“Our coaching staff remains firmly committed to developing a winning culture at Virginia Tech where our student-athletes can learn, grow and thrive in all aspects of their lives. As head coach I certainly understand when young men desire to explore their options by entering themselves in the NCAA’s transfer portal. Immediate eligibility for graduate transfers has become another piece of the changing landscape for college football student-athletes and coaches across the country.
I respect the fact that each individual’s circumstances and situation are different. We will continue to support all our student-athletes and wish them best whether their future is at Virginia Tech or another institution. Our evaluation of all aspects of our football program is constant and ongoing. In my postseason one-on-one meetings with our student-athletes I asked for their input on what we can do better as a coaching staff and how I can better serve them as their head coach. I appreciate their feedback, as well as their willingness and desire to do whatever it takes to help us improve individually and collectively in 2019.
With that said, I’m very excited about the character and the talent of the young men on our team and remain enthused about the potential of this football team for 2019 and beyond. We will continue working hard to get better, myself and our entire staff included. Our winter conditioning program began on Tuesday and I can’t wait to get back on the field with our players and coaches this spring. Go Hokies!”