Minnesota’s defensive line took a hit on Thursday.

Veteran defensive end Gaelin Elmore announced via Twitter that he’ll leave the program as a graduate transfer. He’ll be eligible to play immediately and use his final year of eligibility.

“I will forever bleed maroon and gold … I wanted to have ties to this university forever,” Elmore wrote. “I know there will be a lot of speculation on why I decided to leave but I’m not leaving with any ill will toward anyone here.”

In 2016, Elmore played in all 13 games, six of which were starts. He had 16 tackles, four tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries and 1 1/2 sacks. He played 38 games in his Minnesota career, nine of which were starts.

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Elmore was one of the favorites to earn a starting job after the graduation of Hendrick Ekpe. The Gophers will likely turn to sophomore Winston DeLattiboudere. viral sensation Tai’yon Devers to anchor the defensive end spots.

Elmore became the third 2016 starter (Connor Moore and Taylor Mayes were the others) to announce his plans to transfer for the 2017 season.

Minnesota’s spring game will be Saturday, April 15.