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UCLA Football: Octavius Spencer Granted Release From Program

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Spencer adds to the pile of Bruins who have transferred out of the program.

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News outlets have begun to confirm that defensive back Octavius Spencer was granted his release from the team due to a violation of team rules.

Tracy Pierson at Bruin Report Online was the first to report the news, which was later confirmed by Thuc Nhi Nguyen of LA Daily News. Eventually, Octavius Spencer himself revealed the release on his Twitter account.

Neither article reveals which specific team rules were broken, which is to be expected as a matter of confidentiality.

Spencer is just the latest in a series of transfers out of the program that have occurred since Chip Kelly has taken over. On some level, this was to be expected - back during the spring, Spencer was announced as leaving the program, only to return a few days later, so the potential for his departure always existed.

From a depth standpoint, Spencer’s departure should not have much of an effect. Nathan Meadors and Darnay Holmes were seemingly locked into starting corner jobs, with Adarius Pickett and Quentin Lake at the safety spots. Colin Samuel, Elijah Gates, and Jay Shaw seemed to have passed Spencer on the depth chart at corner as well.

We all wish Octavius the best wherever he ends up.

Go Bruins!