The Miami Hurricanes announced Thursday that junior defensive tackle Gerald Willis is taking a leave of absence and will miss the entire 2017 season.
“Gerald remains part of the Miami family and may take part in designated team activities,” head coach Mark Richt said in a statement, according to 247Sports.
The Hurricanes suspended Willis twice last season for two separate incidents. As a result of the suspensions, Willis missed the season opener and the Russell Athletic Bowl. He also missed most of spring practice because of a left knee injury.
Willis came from Florida, transferring after he was reportedly asked to leave the program because of two altercations with teammates. Last season, he posted 19 total tackles and 1.5 sacks.
If Willis returns for the 2018 season, he will have one year of eligibility left.