Rushing-transferring

Wisconsin Badgers wide receiver George Rushing (17) runs past Georgia State Panthers cornerback Chandon Sullivan (10) on a 19-yard first down catch during the third quarter of a game against the Georgia State Panthers at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. M.P. KING, STATE JOURNAL

M.P. KING, STATE JOURNAL

University of Wisconsin wide receiver George Rushing tweeted Thursday that he plans to transfer this offseason and play out his final year of eligibility elsewhere.

Rushing will move to another program as a graduate transfer following the spring semester.

"I want to thank the University of Wisconsin-Madison for all the great experiences and great people I have met throughout my time here," Rushing tweeted. "This year did not go as planned, but coming to this University was one of the best decisions I made in my life -- not only as a football player, but as a man."

Rushing suffered a left leg injury during fall camp and has not played for the Badgers throughout what would have been his senior season.

The Miramar, Fla., native was removed from the injury report late in the year, but returning for UW's final few games would have burned his last opportunity for a redshirt and prevented him from playing next season.

Rushing did not indicate where he plans on transferring.

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"This was a difficult decision, and my heart will always love the Badgers," Rushing tweeted, "but after talking it over with people I consider important to me, I felt like this was the best decision for my life."

Rushing played in 39 games for UW with one start. He caught 18 passes for 208 yards and rushed for 40 yards on seven carries.