Washington coach Chris Petersen announced via statement today that fifth-year senior defensive end Josh Shirley and third-year sophomore offensive lineman Taylor Hindy have left the Huskies football team and intend to transfer.
Shirley's departure had been rumored for a while, after he sat out much of the second half of spring practices with an undisclosed illness and didn't participate in UW's "Husky Combine" on May 20. He posted a photo on his Instagram account Tuesday of himself on a jet-ski with the accompanying message: "Seattle it's been real. Had to have one final ride. #illbeback #TurnThePage #NextChapter"
Shirley finishes his UW career with 18 sacks and 74 tackles. He will be a fifth-year senior in 2014, meaning he will be eligible to play elsewhere so long as he obtains his degree from UW.
A 6-foot-3, 228-pound native of Fontana, Calif., and a standout at Kaiser High School, Shirley originally signed with UCLA and coach Rick Neuheisel in 2010. But after being connected to the theft of a student's backpack in June of 2010 -- along with now-Seahawks receiver Paul Richardson and his cousin, cornerback Shaquille Richardson -- Shirley and the others were dismissed from the program before school even started.
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Shirley transferred to UW to play for coach Steve Sarkisian, who had recruited him heavily, and agreed to redshirt the 2010 season as a condition of playing for the Huskies. Paul Richardson wound up at Colorado, and Shaquille Richardson transferred to Arizona.
Shirley made his debut in 2011, when he played in every game, made seven starts, and recorded 8.5 sacks. That total dropped to 6.5 in 2012 and 3.0 last season.
Hindy, a 6-foot-4, 318-pound lineman from West Hills, Calif., and Chaminade Prep, appeared in two games in 2013, against Idaho State and Colorado.
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