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ASU football players Koron Crump and Ceejhay French-Love leave program

Crump leaves to prepare for NFL Draft, French-Love to play elsewhere


ASU redshirt senior linebacker Koron Crump (4) gets set before a punt in the Sun Devils' 16-13 victory over the Michigan State Spartans in Tempe, Arizona, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.

ASU senior football players Koron Crump and Ceejhay French-Love both announced their plans to leave the team last week.

Crump left the team to continue rehabilitation from a torn ACL suffered in 2017 to prepare for the NFL Draft next spring. French-Love announced via Twitter he would redshirt the rest of the 2018 season and play as a graduate-transfer next year. 

Crump and French-Love were just two of the three players who announced their departure from ASU last week. On Oct. 9, freshman running back Brock Sturges announced via Twitter that he was no longer with the program, further confirming an announcement made by Herm Edwards earlier this month. 

In 2016, Crump recorded 37 total tackles, nine sacks and three forced fumbles. He was rewarded with a Pac-12 Second Team nomination that year. Crump's performance in the beginning of the 2017 season established him as one of the nation's top pass rushers, recording four sacks in two games, which led the nation at the time.

However, Crump tore his ACL in week three of the 2017 season versus Texas Tech, an injury that would sideline him for the rest of the season.

Crump has seen limited time in 2018 through six games. He has recorded six total tackles, three solo and three assisted. Crump's snaps at linebacker have been taken by freshman Merlin Robertson, freshman Darien Butler and redshirt junior Khaylan Kearse-Thomas

First-year defensive coordinator Danny Gonzales' scheme put Crump in a tough spot, forcing him to adapt to fit a 3-3-5 defense after having previously played in a modified 4-3. 

French-Love has seen limited snaps at tight end this year, after recording three receptions for 49 yards in his first season with the Sun Devils in 2017. This season, he has recorded one catch for nine yards in just four games played. 

Redshirt junior Tommy Hudson, who has recorded six receptions for 27 yards this year, has eaten into French-Love's snaps. French-Love signed with ASU in 2017 after playing at Colorado Mesa in 2015 and East Los Angeles College in 2016. 

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Jeffrey HorstDigital editor-in-chief

Jeffrey Horst is the digital editor-in-chief of The State Press. He previously served as the publication's sports editor and worked at Cronkite News and

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