Wide receiver Jay McCants practiced with FAU in the fall, but did not take the field in the spring. (OwlAccess.com file photo)
Wide receiver Jay McCants, an Indiana Hoosiers transfer, has left FAU for academic reasons.
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Wide receiver Jay McCants has left FAU without ever playing a down for the Owls.
McCants transferred to Florida Atlantic from Indiana prior to the start of last season and sat out the 2012 season in compliance with NCAA regulations.
The 6-foot-4, 210 pound wide out did not practice with the Owls during the spring because FAU coaches wanted him to concentrate on his academics. Those efforts ultimately came up short.
It is believed McCants will attempt to transfer to a junior college for the fall. He caught six passes for 51 yards as a freshman with the Hoosiers.
McCants is the second wide receiver in the past year to transfer to FAU from a BCS program but then leave without playing a down. Former Ohio St. and Alabama wide receiver Duron Carter came to Boca Raton about the same time McCants arrived but left after the fall semester. He's currently playing in the CFL.
The loss of McCants shouldn't have much of an impact on the FAU receiving corps, which is arguably the deepest unit on the team. William Dukes and Daniel McKinney, the two top receivers from last season, are back. They will also benefit from the return of DeAndre Richardson, who missed all of 2012 with an ankle injury.
McCants isn't the only transfer expected to no longer be a part of the team. Offensive lineman Jonathon Ragoo, who began his college career at Minnesota, is also not expected to wear a uniform next season. Ragoo has battled injury and weight issues since coming to Boca Raton prior to the 2011 season. FAU is pursuing a medical exemption for Ragoo.
FAU is also looking for a medical exemption for redshirt freshman tight end Anthony Russell.
FAU also isn't holding out much hope that running back and punt returner Travis Jones will be able to play. Jones still needs to appeal his academic eligibility to the NCAA.
Additionally, former wide receiver and defensive back Brian Sirmans participated in spring drills but is no longer with the team.