Top defender leaves West Point

Brandon Fusilier-Jeffires, Army’s second-leading tackler last season, is not enrolled at West Point for his sophomore year.

An Army spokesman confirmed Fusilier-Jeffires, who was named a second-team freshman, all-American by Phil Steele, has left the academy.

Fusilier-Jeffires started nine games at free safety as a freshman and finished with 88 tackles. He was held out of spring practice to focus on his academics. Fusilier-Jeffires, known as “FJ” to his teammates and coaching staff, is the son of former NFL receiver Haywood Jeffires. He had his only interception in a 41-21 victory over Air Force.

Guess Army was preparing for life without Fusilier-Jeffires in spring practice. Middle linebacker Geoff Bacon, the team’s leading tackler in 2012, moved to free safety.

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