Memphis linebacker Genard Avery wants to transfer to Ole Miss, according to Neal McCready of RebelGrove.com.
Avery, a Grenada, Miss., native, is hoping to move closer to his mother, who has an illness, following the spring semester, per the report.
The 6-foot-1, 255-pounder totaled 53 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and two quarterback hurries in 11 games as a sophomore at Memphis. That production could be a welcome addition to a defense that has lacked depth at linebacker.
However, Avery would have to receive a release from Memphis and a hardship waiver from the NCAA to be eligible in 2016. If he did not receive a waiver from the Tigers, he must pay his own way for a semester before being placed on scholarship.
Avery has not used a redshirt year, so regardless if he got a waiver to be immediately eligible or not, he would have three years to play two. Memphis coach Mike Norvell was not open to the idea of releasing Avery to play for Ole Miss or Mississippi State, according to the report.
Ole Miss did not offer Avery a scholarship coming out of high school,but he still has aspirations to play for the Rebels and even called Ole Miss his “dream school.”