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Pittsburgh LB Todd Thomas leaves team
By: Staff  Writer - AP
Published: 8/7/2013  at  6:12:44 PM
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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh junior linebacker Todd Thomas is leaving the program.

Thomas told coach Paul Chryst Wednesday morning he no longer wanted to be part of the team. The decision comes a day after Thomas was bumped to second string on the depth chart as the Panthers began training camp.

Thomas started seven games last season for Pitt, finishing with 59 tackles, 1 1/2 sacks, an interception and a blocked punt. He was expected to be a major contributor on a defense that finished 17th in the country in yards allowed last year.

Chryst said moving Thomas to a backup position was designed to ``motivate'' him. Thomas responded by batting down three passes in drills during the first day of camp before informing Chryst of his decision to transfer.

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