Freshman tight end Connor Redmond, who never played at South Carolina because of a back injury, is no longer on a member of the football team.
Redmond will take a medical hardship disqualification because of the injury. He will remain at USC as a full-time student.
A three-star prospect out of Lawrenceville, Ga., Redmond picked South Carolina over Boston College, Virginia and Kansas State. He played through a back injury during his senior season at Archer High and was considered the 37th-best high school tight end in the country by Scout.com in 2014.
Redmond’s departure leaves South Carolina with four tight ends entering spring practice: Jacob August, K.C. Crosby, Ulric Jones and Kyle Markway.
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He joins offensive linemen Brock Stadnik and Cody Waldrop and defensive lineman Devin Washington as Gamecocks recently forced into medical disqualifications because of injury.