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.
He joins offensive linemen Brock Stadnik and Cody Waldrop and defensive lineman Devin Washington as Gamecocks recently forced into medical disqualifications because of injury.