The University of Maine on Tuesday announced that sophomore tailback Josh Mack has been granted his release, paving the way for him to transfer to another school.
“Josh has been granted his release to pursue opportunities at the Football Bowl Subdivision level,” said Harasymiak in a brief news release.
UMaine athletics said there would be no further comment on the situation at this time.
Mack on Tuesday was selected to STATS FCS All-America First Team. He led the Football Championship Subdivision in rushing during the regular season with 1,335 yards on 243 carries and ran for at least 100 yards in seven of UMaine’s 10 games this fall. It was the fourth highest total in school history.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Mack is a finalist for the STATS Walter Payton Award given to the FCS Offensive Player of the Year. He also led the country in rushing yards per game (133.4) and was third in all-purpose yards (161.5 ypg).
He was UMaine’s second-leading receiver with 30 catches for 209 yards and he returned two kickoffs for an average of 35.5 yards. Mack led the Colonial Athletic Association in rushing touchdowns with nine and in yards per carry (5.49).
In addition to being named an All-CAA first-team selection, he was an All-ECAC and All-New England pick.
Mack will have to sit out a season before he is eligible to compete at another Division I institution as required under NCAA transfer rules.
Demby named All-American
Offensive tackle Jamil Demby, a mainstay at UMaine during the last four seasons, has added another honor.
The senior from Vineland, New Jersey, on Tuesday was named to the STATS FCS All-America Second Team.
The recognition is the latest for Demby, a 6-foot-5, 310-pounder with pro aspirations. He previously earned a selection to the Colonial Athletic Association All-Conference first team and was later selected for the All-New England Football Team.
Demby started all 10 games for coach Joe Harasymiak’s Black Bears last season and anchored an offensive line that allowed a league-low 19 sacks.
In 2016, Demby garnered All-CAA second-team honors and was named UMaine’s Offensive Lineman of the Year. He started 40 games during his career for the Black Bears.