Connor Cree, a reserve defensive lineman out Sammamish’s Skyline High School, has left the program “by his own choice,” UW announced this afternoon.
As a third-year sophomore in 2013, Cree was credited with 11 tackles, including one sack, in 12 games.
UPDATE: In a phone interview, Cree said he informed new coach Chris Petersen of his decision last week.
“When I talked to Petersen, the thing I really wanted to emphasize is that my decision had nothing to do with the coaching change,” Cree said. “It’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about the past year.
“It was definitely a tough decision,” he added. “I definitely gave it a lot of thought. I talked to a lot of friends and family members about it … and, to be honest with you, I was just kind of burnt out. I lost passion for the game.”
Cree said he will remain enrolled at UW and continue to pursue a sociology degree.