Ken Handy-Holly, a defensive back who played in eight games for the Gophers as a true freshman in 2017, has been given his release from the Minnesota program, a school spokesman confirmed.

Handy-Holly, a Jackson, Ala., native, intends to transfer closer to home, Gopher Illustrated reported.

Handy-Holly had 12 tackles (nine solo, three assisted), one pass breakup, one pass defended, a forced fumble and fumble recovery last season. He had his best game in the 54-21 victory over Nebraska, in which he had six tackles, including four solo.