Quartet of football players have left program in January

Demetrus Johnson, Damian Haye, Bradley Vance and Kenny Harper have left the program for various reasons.

by Brian Stensaas

Four Minnesota football players have left the program this month for different reasons.

According to the Minnesota media relations department, running back Demetrus Johnson has transferred to Illinois State while defensive end Damian Haye transferred to Florida International, closer to his home town of Miami.

Both are Division I-AA schools, meaning the two will be eligible to play next fall.

Neither player saw significant playing time this season. Johnson saw action in 11 games for the Gophers, rushing for 55 yards on 14 carries.

“He has a chance to bring some real athletic ability and skills to our tailback position,” Illinois State coach Denver Johnson said of Johnson. “His speed and playmaking ability are certainly a welcome and productive addition to our football team.”

Haye, meanwhile, played in only four games making two tackles and recovering a fumble.

In addition, linebacker Bradley Vance and kicker Kenny Harper have both left the program but

neither has transferred.

Vance, a Sporting News Freshman All-American in 2001, was listed as a backup to begin this season. However, he started all but one game at drop linebacker for Minnesota. He was fifth on the team’s defensive statistics recording 44 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

Harper did not participate in a single play this season.