Nic Luke Transferring

Rising Alabama sophomore fullback Nic Luke has been granted a release from his football scholarship, and will not be among the Crimson Tide football squad when players report on August 9, Crimson Tide Coach Mike Shula announced.

"Nic thought it would be best for him, personally, to transfer," Shula said. "We granted Nic his release and we wish him the best of luck."

The release will allow Luke to transfer and play football in accordance with NCAA policy. Nic Luke garnered playing time on special teams in Alabama's last six games, logging 33 snaps during the 2003 season. He did not see action in 2002. Luke caught two passes for a total of 10 yards in the Tide's A-Day game on March 20.

Luke's brother, Triandos Luke, completed his eligibility with the Crimson Tide in 2003 and was the Tide's leading receiver. He was drafted by the National Football League's Denver Broncos in April.

It probably is not coincidence that another Luke, Kelcy, was announced as transferring from Auburn, where he was a redshirt freshman third team quarterback. Speculation was that he would transfer to a Division 1-AA school, where he would be immediately eligible. Tennessee State has been mentioned. It would not be a surprise for the Luke brothers to transfer to the same school.

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