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Curt Maggitt says bye to Vols

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee defensive end/linebacker Curt Maggitt has decided not to seek a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA.

In an Instagram post Saturday, Maggitt wrote, "Thank you so much for the memories the past 5 years Tennessee! I will truly miss everything about being a UT football player!"

Tennessee athletic department spokesman Ryan Robinson confirmed Maggitt had decided not to petition for a sixth season.

After Maggitt recorded 11 sacks in 2014, the fifth-year senior injured his hip in the second game of the 2015 season and never returned. Maggitt could have sought a sixth year of eligibility because he had redshirted in 2013 due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

No. 23 Tennessee (9-4) closed its season Friday with a 45-6 Outback Bowl victory over No. 13 Northwestern.