Oregon Ducks’ cornerback Chris Seisay has decided to transfer away from the program, according to a report from The Oregonian. The junior defensive back left the team over the weekend and a team spokesman said that he’s been granted his full release.
Seisay was a three-star recruit out of American Canyon High School in California back in 2012. He played a major role in the Ducks’ run to the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship Game, helping fill in for the injured Ife Ekpre-Olomu against Florida State in the Rose Bowl. An ankle injury cut Seisay’s campaign short last season, as he was limited to just five games.
In 18 career appearances, he’s picked up 55 tackles, an interception, six passes defensed and a forced fumble. Seisay’s decision to transfer reportedly isn’t due to lack of playing time, but he appeared headed for third-string duty for the Ducks during the upcoming season. Junior Arrion Springs and sophomore Ugo Amadi are each expected to start at corner, while junior Ty Griffin and freshman Malik Lovette are slated to be their backups.
Oregon will open their 2016 season against UC Davis in Eugene on September 3. Ranked No. 24 in the preseason AP poll, the Ducks are coming off a fairly disappointing 9-4 season. They capped off 2015 with a wild 47-41 loss in triple-overtime to TCU in the Valero Alamo Bowl, blowing a 31-0 halftime lead in the process.
Head coach Mark Helfrich still hasn’t named a starting quarterback, but his team is expected to compete with the likes of Stanford, Washington, UCLA and USC for PAC-12 supremacy.