Former Pitt linebacker Elias Reynolds has transferred to Stoney Brook, the team announce on Friday.
Reynolds, 22, started 10 games at middle linebacker for the Panthers between 2018 and 2019, before leaving the team in the middle of the 2019 season.
He initially joined the starting lineup in 2018 as an injury replacement for Quintin Wirginis and made seven starts. He started the first three games of 2019 before he was injured at Penn State in Week 3 and never returned to the team.
This offseason, Reynolds was vocal in his criticism of Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi’s handling of racial issues, saying that Narduzzi called opponents and teammates “thugs.”
In 25 career games at Pitt, Reynolds made 68 total tackles, six tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and defended one pass.
Because Reynolds played just three games in 2019, he will be able to use that as a redshirt season, and because he is transferring to an FCS school in Stoney Brook, Reynolds will be immediately eligible with two seasons of eligibility remaining.