Just one day after Kenterius Womack announced that he would transfer from the Syracuse Orange football program, Corey Winfield has announced the same. He issued a statement via Instagram, thanking the school and the program for his four years on campus. He has one year of eligibility remaining, which he’ll utilize at another school next fall.
Winfield played in every game this season, recording 41 tackles and an interception through 12 games. That pick, the third of his career, came in the final game against Pittsburgh. Had he returned to SU for 2017, Winfield likely would have started at cornerback again. Losing depth’s never great, especially in an area like defensive back, which has been a trouble spot for Syracuse.
As you’ll likely recall, Winfield was one of two victims (along with Chauncey Scissum) of a South Campus stabbing incident this past offseason. The two players were attacked with a knife by former Orange defensive back Naesean Howard. While there were no further incidents as a result (Howard will see trial early next year), one can only imagine what being on campus was like for Winfield and Scissum this fall.
Winfield’s departure frees up a roster spot and gets the Orange up to 25 available scholarships next year. Syracuse has 20 players verbally committed for 2017 right now and Dino Babers has said the team will look to add 25-27 total players for the incoming class.
Best of luck in your search, Corey! Thanks for your efforts these last four years.