Mangum talks about transfer decision

Washington loses at least one of its starting linebackers this year and may lose another one unless E.J. Savannah gets his sixth-year of eligibility from the NCAA. However, redshirt freshman LB Kurt Mangum saw the writing on the wall this past season when he didn't get much in the way of reps during fall camp and then was a bystander during the Huskies' 5-7 season...

Monday, the middle linebacker made the decision to go public with his decision to transfer from Washington and he said, while he's sad to leave, he's also excited about the opportunity in front of him.

"Honestly, it's just a relief that I had such a great opportunity," Mangum told Monday afternoon. "I talked to a couple Big 10 schools and one Pac 10 school who wanted me, but I would have had to sit out a year and I didn't want to do that.

"I'm going to transfer to Howard University and since they are 1AA I don't have to sit out a year and when I really researched the school, they had a great law school and since I'm pre-Law, that really helped make my decision easy."

Mangum made it clear he held no ill-will for the Husky coaching staff or the program, but he did say his eyes opened up as the year went along.

"I learned a lot about the business of college football," Mangum admitted. "The University of Washington is a great school and they have a great fanbase and alumni base. I loved my time there, but in the end it came down to the fact that I had two different defensive coordinators while I was at U-Dub, two different position coaches and two head coaches.

"When I made the decision to leave, it wasn't about getting a fresh start, it was basically about finding a place where the coaches and I both felt comfortable with each other. I needed to find a comfort level with the staff and I needed to find the right fit for me and that's what I found with Howard."

He also noted that his family has been very supportive of his reasons for transferring and that they made things easier.

Mangum joins former running backs Terrance Dailey, Brandon Johnson and David Freeman, DB Matt Mosley and offensive linemen Allen Carroll and Matt Sedillo as transfers since Steve Sarkisian took over for Tyrone Willingham.

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