Gophers sophomore linebacker Jaylen Waters announced Wednesday that he will transfer at the end of the semester, becoming the fifth player since the season ended on Saturday to announce his intention to leave the program.

“I will be transferring from the University of Minnesota after this semester,’’ Waters wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. “Minnesota has become my second home, but it’s time to take my talents elsewhere. I would like to thank Coach [Jerry] Kill and Coach [Mike] Sherels for giving me the opportunity to play college ball in the Big Ten. I would also like to thank the current coaching staff for helping me grow even more as a person. I would like to thank my brothers on the team. The brotherhood built with last forever. I wish the Gophers and my brothers the best in the future. SKI-U-Mah.’’

Waters, of Killeen, Texas, played in 10 games this season, making seven tackles. He played in 13 games in 2016, finishing with seven tackles and one pass breakup in his redshirt freshman season.

Waters joins quarterback Demry Croft and receivers Rashad Still, Hunter Register and Melvin Holland Jr. to announce they are transferring. 

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