Broussard Leaves Program

Michael Broussard, who started at strong safety last season, has decided to leave the program. He informed Coach Barry Alvarez of his decision Monday morning.

Michael Broussard, a 5-10, 198-pound strong safety from Carrollton, Tex., informed Coach Barry Alvarez he is leaving the program, effective immediately. He did not participate in Monday morning's practice at the O'Connor Center.

"I hate to see him leave the program, but he felt strongly about it," Alvarez said.

Alvarez speculated that Broussard would transfer to Toledo, where his brother Quinton is beginning practice as a true freshman.

Broussard was unhappy after being demoted to the scout team defense, falling behind starter Jim Leonhard and backup Robert Brooks.

Broussard started at strong safety last season after being moved from tailback early in his career. When he first arrived on campus, the UW assistant coaches lobbied Alvarez for Broussard's services, as he was believed to be a multi-talented star that would make an immediate impact regardless of where he played. He started all 12 games last year, finishing with 51 tackles, and tied for the team lead in interceptions with three.

If Broussard does transfer to Toledo, he would have to sit out one season per NCAA regulations.

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