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ASU Football: Starting cornerback Kareem Orr announces he’s transferring

The Sun Devils are losing their second defensive starter in less than a week’s time.

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The Sun Devils have lost another key piece to their secondary.

Starting defensive back Kareem Orr announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he is transferring to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

“First and for most I would like to thank ASU for everything they have done for me in these past two years..(sic),” Orr wrote, before adding “due to issues that have occurred over the past weeks..I will be transferring from ASU and continuing my journey at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.. (sic)”

Orr attended Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga, Tenn., prior to playing at Arizona State.

His departure signals the second defensive starter the Sun Devils have lost in the past week, as starting safety Armand Perry announced he is medically retiring on May 24.

As a freshman, Orr broke into the Sun Devils’ lineup at free safety. The former four-star defender was a consensus Freshman All-American and set a school freshman record for interceptions by tallying six.

In 2016, he manned the boundary cornerback position, and finished third on the team with 29 total tackles as a sophomore.

Orr’s move leaves ASU with a significant hole in its secondary. He was slated to start at boundary cornerback next season, despite dealing with injuries throughout the majority of spring practices.