For the second time this offseason, a former Pitt defensive back has transferred to Western Michigan.
Bricen Garner, a redshirt senior safety from Central Catholic, announced on Tuesday that he’ll be finishing his final season of college eligibility with the Broncos.
Back in January, former Brasher and Pitt defensive back Therran Coleman made the same announcement.
Garner announced in January his intentions to leave Pitt and Tuesday night, Garner announced that he’s graduated and headed to the MAC.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity to have played, studied and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh,” he wrote on Twitter. “The city will forever hold a special place in my heart. With that being said, I will play my last year of college eligibility at Western Michigan University.”
Garner and Coleman are going to a program where they should be able to make an immediate impact as since Western Michigan’s two safeties from 2019, Justin Tranquill and Stefan Claiborne graduated.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety played mostly as a reserve and on special teams over the last three seasons.
He played most extensively in 2017, when he had 30 total tackles and two passes defended, but had been passed for playing time at safety by Paris Ford and Erick Hallett in 2019, when he made just five total tackles.
With Garner’s departure, Pitt will have five safeties under scholarship this spring. Returning starters Ford and Damar Hamlin will be joined by Hallett, Brandon Hill and early enrollee freshman Buddy Mack. Former Central Catholic and Penn State safety John Petrishen, who played extensively on special teams as a walk-on after transferring in 2019, could also be in line for playing time in 2020.