Junior cornerback Chris Seisay has left the Oregon football program in pursuit of a transfer, according to multiple reports.
"Just doing what's best for my future," Seisay wrote in a text to OregonLive. "All love to the ducks. Gonna miss my teammates.”
The news of his departure, which was first reported by Matt Prehm of 247Sports on Sunday, comes one day after he was not at practice.
BREAKING: Sources tell @DuckTerritory one of Oregon's most experienced defenders has left the program https://t.co/JR1GuxiwwR.— Matt Prehm (@Prehmmr247) August 21, 2016
Seisay, one of the Ducks’ more experienced players, was expected to play a role in the secondary, as explained by defensive back coach John Neal earlier this week.
"Right now, when he plays well, he's one of those guys (top six defensive backs). Is he going to start, I don't know,” Neal said. “He just needs to be consistent, do what he can do.”
Although it was unclear whether Seisay would have started or not, the defensive back racked up stats in his two years playing with the program. After redshirting in 2013, the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder became a solid force on defense, finishing his career in Eugene with 55 tackles (41 solo), six passes defended, one forced fumble and an interception. That interception came in Oregon’s 2015 season-opener against Eastern Washington. Also in that game, Seisay posted a career-best nine tackles (seven solo).
Following that breakthrough performance, Seisay injured his ankle the next week at Michigan State, sidelining him the next eight games, only to reappear right before the postseason. In the Alamo Bowl, Seisay registered six tackles (five solo) against TCU, as the Horned Frogs rallied to beat the Ducks in triple overtime.
With Seisay gone, where does this leave the Ducks? They’ll likely rely more heavily on junior Arrion Spring and sophomore Ugo Amadi in the secondary. Last season, Spring logged 53 tackles, two forced fumbles and one interception, while Amadi went for 25 tackles and two interceptions over 13 games.
“I haven’t decided who our starters are,” Neal said. “Tyree (Robinson) and Juwaan (Williams) are looking like they’re going to be first, but Khalil (Oliver) and Reggie (Daniels), who’s been a three-year starter here, are really great backups.”