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Minnesota Football: Defensive tackle O.J. Smith to forgo sixth year of eligibility

The Gopher defensive tackle is leaving Minnesota to pursue a career in the NFL

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Senior defensive tackle O.J. Smith was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA last spring, but he has instead decided to call it a college career and try his luck with the NFL.

The defensive tackle started six games for the Minnesota Golden Gophers last season after transferring in from Alabama, but missed seven of the last eight games due to what were reportedly issues he experienced while recovering from a concussion, although those reports are unconfirmed. His status has been uncertain as a result.

Curiously, his announcement coincides with the Gophers receiving a commitment from Notre Dame grad transfer defensive tackle Micah Dew-Treadway.