Illinois linebacker Tre Watson, offensive lineman Gabe Megginson and walk-on punter Bryce Baringer all announced via Twitter that they will transfer.
— Tre Watson (@ILL_Tre33) November 27, 2017
Thank you for the time of my life. pic.twitter.com/M9sxYKrKQj
— Gooey Megginson (@GabeMegginson72) November 28, 2017
It was an unforgettable experience. pic.twitter.com/EwyaH5Wika
— BRYCE BARINGER (@bryce_bin18) November 28, 2017
Watson, who is scheduled to graduate in about two weeks, appears to be the biggest loss for the Fighting Illini. Despite missing three games in October, the redshirt junior made 65 tackles in nine contests. He plans to enroll in another school next January and play football immediately as a graduate transfer.
Megginson had a promising redshirt freshman campaign last season. Coming in as the state’s No. 2 recruit in the Class of 2015, he made six starts at guard and one at tackle in 2016. However, Illinois buried him on the depth chart this season while starting his younger counterparts on the line.