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West Virginia defensive lineman Adam Shuler, seen here during the Mountaineers’ 2017 game against Texas Tech, has announced he will transfer following the spring semester.

A former starting West Virginia University defensive lineman is on his way out of the football program.

Adam Shuler, a redshirt sophomore last season who started 10 of 13 games for the Mountaineers, announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he will seek a transfer following the spring semester.

“I want to thank all the people who helped me get where I am today and Mountaineer Nation for supporting me in my time here in Morgantown!” Shuler wrote. “Me and my family feel its best for my future to make this decision.”

Shuler added that he had permission to contact other schools.

Shuler started the first eight games of the season, then was supplanted in the starting lineup for the next three games by Ezekiel Rose. Shuler then started the Oklahoma game and WVU’s Heart of Dallas Bowl game against Utah.

Shuler ranked 10th on the team last season with 37 total tackles. His eight tackles for a loss was the team’s third-highest total. Rose, who will be a senior in 2018, recorded 24 total tackles last season, with five for a loss, in 13 games. Shuler’s transfer should push Rose into the starting defensive end position for the spring.

Other notable names from the 2017 roster not on the 2018 roster include receiver Mitch Chugunov (brother of backup quarterback Chris Chugunov), backup quarterback David Isreal, defensive lineman Jalen Harvey, offensive linemen Ray Raulerson and Alec Shriner and kicker/punter Jonn Young.

The defensive lineman was third on the team in tackles for loss last season.