Defensive end Forrest West, who ranked second on Colorado's team with 5 1/2 sacks as a sophomore last season, is transferring to N.C. State, Wolfpack football coach Tom O'Brien announced Wednesday.
West will sit out the coming season and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
O'Brien also announced that linebacker E.J. Carter - a Syracuse transfer who has never played a down for N.C. State - has left the school.
In addition, running back Curtis Underwood has decided to return for his final year of eligibility. Underwood appeared in 10 Wolfpack games last season, carrying 15 times for 62 yards and catching a 12-yard touchdown pass.
West, who stands 6 feet 1 and weighs 260 pounds, played in all 12 games for Colorado in 2009 and made 10 tackles, broke up two passes and forced a fumble. He was honored as the team's most outstanding freshman after that season.
Last season, West made 19 tackles, including 81/2 behind the line of scrimmage.
West, from Canton, Conn., apparently left Colorado on good terms. In a statement released to defuse "speculation and inaccurate rumors" this month, Buffaloes coach Jon Embree said that West's departure had nothing to do with academic or disciplinary issues, a lack of commitment to the team, or questions about his ability to make substantial contributions to the team.