A Minnesota fifth-year senior is exploring his options to play his final year elsewhere.
On Monday evening, Ryan Burns of 247Sports reported that Kiondre Thomas has entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal. This will allow the fifth-year senior to explore options outside of Minnesota to finish his college career.
Thomas has played in 32 career games over the last three seasons with the Golden Gophers. He appeared in all 13 games last fall, making 22 tackles, breaking up three passes and hauling in one interception, as Minnesota ended the year 11-2.
It seems like a surprising move for a player who has played pretty consistently over the last two seasons. However, there could be other factors behind Thomas’ decision.
Thomas can still return to Minnesota if that’s in his best interest. He will have one year of eligibility remaining, and as a graduate transfer, he’ll be immediately eligible for the 2020 season.
In his career with the Gophers, Thomas has totaled 75 sacks, eight pass break-ups and two tackles for loss.