SEATTLE (CBS) – Washington cornerback Darren Gardenhire took to Instagram Monday morning to announce he would no longer be continuing at the University of Washington.
Gardenhire, a junior out of Long Beach, Calif., started nine games for the Huskies in 2015. His playing time had dipped this season to just one start, with junior Sidney Jones and senior Kevin King carrying the load at corner, however he had played in every game in 2016.
While their has been speculation that Jones would leave for the NFL following this season, and King in his final year at Washington, Gardenhire was expected to be in line for a starting role in one of the nation’s best secondaries in 2017.
Gardenhire becomes the second UW cornerback to leaving the Washington program mid-season over the last three years of the Chris Peterson era. In 2014, Marcus Peters, highly regarded as one of the best defensive backs in college football, was kicked off the team after failure to comply with the UW coaching staff.
In his weekly press conference, just hours after the news broke, Chris Peterson addressed questions as to Gardenhire’s abrupt departure.
“Darren is no longer on the team,” Peterson said. “Difference in philosophy I guess is the best way to put it.”
Peterson admitted to being surprised, but did emphasize the decision was Darren’s.
This weekend against Arizona State, Gardenhire recovered a fumble on a punt return by the Sun Devils. He also accounted for one sack, one forced fumble, and on pick this season.