By (Matthew Speakman)

On Wednesday, Alabama lost its first player of the off season, but not to the NFL Draft. Walk-on running back Derrick Gore announced he will be transferring from the program through an Instagram post:

These past two years have been nothing short of magical. It’s difficult to come up with the words to describe this journey here at The University of Alabama. At this time I’ve chosen to explore the option of joining another program for my final 2 years of eligibility. To be clear, I want to give a special thanks to Coach Saban and Coach Burns for giving this kid from NY a shot, I’m forever grateful. So in closing I leave you with, Roll Tide!

A photo posted by Derrick Gore (@gore_315) on Jan 11, 2017 at 2:52pm PST

This season, Gore carried the ball 18 times for 93 yards and one touchdown. He did not see much action in the 2016 season, but made highlight reels when he took a blocked punt back for a touchdown against Florida in the SEC Championship Game. Gore scored later in the game on the ground, putting the Crimson Tide up 54-16 with a 10-yard touchdown run.

Gore’s best game in terms of yards came against Kent State, when he carried the ball six times for 45 yards. Gore finished his two years at Alabama with 108 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries.

Even with the transfer, Alabama’s backfield is not getting any less crowded. Heading into the 2017 season, the Crimson Tide will return Damien Harris, Bo Scarbrough, Joshua Jacobs, BJ Emmons and Ronnie Clark. The Crimson Tide also add five-star recruit Najee Harris, and four-star Brian Robinson to the depth chart.

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Source:: The Crimson White Sports