Connor Cree Discusses His Future

On Monday it was learned that Connor Cree, a UW sophomore defensive end from Sammamish, Wash., would be leaving the program. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Cree told he actually came to the decision late last week.

"Everything is great," Cree said. "It has nothing to do with…I told coach (Chris) Petersen it had nothing to do with coaching changes by any means. It's about my loss for the love of the game. I've been set on it for a while now. I talked to my family and I made the decision last Friday.

"It was tough because I remember getting recruited by coach Petersen and he's one of my favorite coaches that I was recruited by. Once he came it made it tougher, but my decision hasn't changed."

So what was it that prompted Cree to make this decision? "I just lost the passion for it, to be honest…just burnt out," he said, matter-of-factly. "I've always played football because I love the sport and once I lost the love for it it was time for me to hang up the cleats."

Cree added that he's not leaving school. "I'm staying at U-Dub and working toward my degree in sociology," he said. "That's what I'm focused on."

Cree played in 25 games the last two seasons at Washington, and had 10 career tackles - including a sack at Arizona State.

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