Minnesota defensive end Lorenza Surgers will not return in 2023.

He told The Pioneer Press’ Andy Greder he intends to enter the transfer portal to spend his final year of eligibility elsewhere. After 4 seasons with Vanderbilt, Surgers transferred to Minnesota last offseason. His role with the Gophers never quite developed and he appeared in just six games.

The Cary, North Carolina native recorded just four tackles this past fall.

In his 4 seasons (2018-21) at Vanderbilt, Surgers appeared in 18 career games while making 19 tackles. He posted 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack while also breaking up two passes. During the 2021 campaign, he played in all 12 of the team’s games. He made four appearances in 2020 and two in 2019.

He did not see the field in 2018.