Cornerback Dante Wigley will not return to the Colorado football team in the fall.
The senior, who graduated earlier this month, told BuffZone.com on Sunday that he has decided to move on from the Buffaloes. He did not indicate whether he plans to transfer to another school, but he has one year of eligibility remaining.
Wigley, who turned 22 on Sunday, was CU’s most experienced cornerback, starting 15 games over the past two seasons, including eight last year. He was the only cornerback to play on defense in all 24 games over the past two seasons.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Wigley began his college career at Georgia Tech, where he redshirted in 2015. In 2016, he played at Holmes (Miss.) Community College.
Rated one of the top junior college prospects for the class of 2017, Wigley signed with CU.
During his two seasons with the Buffs, Wigley played 1,168 snaps on defense, recording 64 tackles, 10 pass breakups and one interception, which he returned 27 yards for a touchdown against Oregon State last season.
Wigley closed this spring second on the depth chart at cornerback.
With Wigley’s departure, the Buffs are at a projected 85 scholarship players for the fall, which is right at the NCAA maximum.
CU has lost five scholarship players since the end of spring. Defensive lineman Tava Finau, cornerback Kevin George and safety L.J. Wallace have put their names into the NCAA transfer portal. Safety Hasaan Hypolite was dismissed from the team and has put his name in the transfer portal as well.
At corner, the Buffs will go into this season with only six on scholarship, four of which have played in games. Senior Delrick Abrams Jr., juniors Mekhi Blackmon and Ronnie Blackmon and sophomore Chris Miller will lead the group. True freshmen D.J. Oats and K.J. Trujillo and walk-on junior Uryan Hudson will also compete.