Jerome Lewis, a tight end who transferred to UMass from Virginia Tech, is no longer on the team.
Lewis was removed from the team roster a few weeks ago, and after speaking with several people close to the situation, we learned that he will not return to play for the Minutemen.
Details regarding his departure were not revealed.
The 6’3, 240-pound Rochester, N.Y. native never saw the field for UMass. Last year, Lewis suffered a concussion during practice while sitting out for a transfer year. Lewis was UMass’ first transfer as an FBS program.
Lewis was expected to make an impact for the Minutemen this season as a redshirt sophomore. Phil Steele had him as a Fourth Team All-MAC tight end.
UMass currently has four tights ends on its roster and not a lot of experience. Rob Blanchflower (RS JR) is the elder statesman and is complemented by a trio of redshirt freshmen: Brandon Howard, Dan Foesel and John McGrath.
A number of incoming freshmen were listed as possible tight ends when the 2012 class was announced, but it’s too early to determine where they will fit in the system.