Pitt tight end Tony Harper will transfer from the university, he announced Wednesday.
Harper, a redshirt sophomore, did not see action for Pitt this season. He played in seven games in 2014 as a redshirt freshman, primarily on special teams and occasionally as a reserve tight end.
"After a lot of discussion and thought with my family, I have decided that it is best for me to continue my football career with another program," Harper wrote on his personal Twitter page.
"I am thankful for my time playing at the University of Pittsburgh and for the experiences and people I've met. It's not an easy decision to make, but it is best for me and my future."
Harper is the fifth player to announce his intentions to transfer from Pitt since the season ended last week, joining safety Pat Amara, linebacker Jamal Davis, running back Chris James and quarterback Chad Voytik, who will leave as a graduate transfer.
With Harper's departure, Pitt is tentatively slated to have 68 scholarship players returning in 2016. With 19 recruits already verbally committed to sign next month, the Panthers still need to open up at least three more spots to stay under the NCAA's 85-scholarship limit.
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