The Dothan (Ala.) Eagle is reporting that Troy defensive tackle Eugene Kinlaw has decided to forgo his senior season and pursue professional opportunities.
Kinlaw will try to continue his football career in Canada or by entering the NFL’s supplemental fraft in June.
Troy coach Larry Blakeney said Kinlaw, the only returning starter on the defensive line, was facing hardship issues which forced him to turn pro.
“There’s lots of different reasons why people [pursue professional opportunities],” Blakeney told the paper. “This boy’s not in trouble. I love the kid. He hasn’t done a thing bad.”
Kinlaw signed with Troy in 2007, but failed to meet the academic requirements and went to Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. He emerged as the National Junior College Defensive Player of the Year after the 2008 season and had 32 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and three sacks in his only season with the Trojans.