The Troy Trojan football team lost their seventh veteran player to the NCAA Transfer Portal since the end of last season when All-Sun Belt defensive back Tyler Murray announced his intentions to leave the school last week.
Only two weeks after losing 2018 starting quarterback Sawyer Smith to the transfer portal, both Murray and backup receiver Richard Hallman announced that they would be leaving the school as well.
Murray is the third all-conference Troy player to leave this offseason, joining former Enterprise star Marcus Jones (Houston) and Tron Folsom (Colorado State). Smith transferred to Kentucky. Receivers Bee Hinton and Daniel Crowell Jr. have also entered the transfer portal. Defensive end Rasool Clemons also left the team due to health issues.
“I would like to thank Troy University for the opportunities that were given to me,” Murray said in a statement. “I appreciate everybody who (has) supported and helped me grow during my two years at Troy.
“However, I have decided to transfer from Troy to pursue other opportunities that are more fitting for my athletic abilities as well as my academic interest. This is one of the hardest decisions I have ever made, but I feel that this is best for my family and I. I’m going where God takes me.”
Murray – a Baldwin, Fla. native – earned third team All-Sun Belt honors as a sophomore in 2018 after starting 12 games from his hybrid linebacker/safety “spear” position in the Troy defense.
Murray tallied 49 tackles, 6.5 tackles-for-loss, two sacks and three interceptions in 2018.
Hallman – a rising senior from Powder Springs, Ga. – had totaled just 15 catches for 177 yards and one touchdown in his three seasons at Troy.
Troy will also attempt to use the transfer portal to its benefit to fill some of the holes left by departures. One new addition to the Troy roster before the spring was Texas A&M transfer running back Charles Strong, who is requesting a “hardship waiver” from the NCAA to allow him to play at Troy right away in 2019.
Troy also added junior college transfer CB Monte McGary and defensive tackle Elgin Griffin along with incoming freshman defensive tackle Malik Pertee to the roster following the end of spring.