Football Mugs: Jace Sternberger

Jace Sternberger, a rising sophomore tight end, has announced he's leaving the Kansas football program.

"First off I would like to thank Coach Beaty and the University of Kansas for the opportunity to play football," Sternberger wrote in a Twitter post. "These past two years have been amazing and a true learning experience. I will be forever grateful for all of the friendships that I have made over this time period. That being said, I am transferring from the University of Kansas."

A Kansas Athletics official confirmed the transfer to the Kansan.

Sternberger redshirted for his true freshman season in 2015. During his sophomore campaign, the 6-foot-4 tight end caught one pass for five yards in Kansas' season opener against Rhode Island. He played in 10 games in 2016 and recorded two special teams tackles. 

Sternberger's departure leaves Kansas with two tight ends — senior Ben Johnson and redshirt-freshman Ryan Renick.

Sternberger isn't the first Kansas football player to leave the program this offseason. A trio of quarterbacks — Ryan Willis, Deondre Ford and Montell Cozart — all announced their transfer from the program. Willis is on the roster at Virginia Tech. Ford and Cozart are not yet on fall rosters at other programs.

— Edited by Casey Brown