Michigan State defensive tackle Damon Knox is leaving the team and will skip playing in 2016 in order to move on to a career in law enforcement, reports CBS Sports.

The school announced Knox's departure from the program on Friday, noting that the redshirt senior was no longer seeking a waiver from the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility. Knox participated in spring practice with the Spartans but will not be with the team this fall.

"Damon has been a major contributor to our success the past five years," coach Mark Dantonio said in a statement. "We appreciate his time and commitment to the Michigan State football program and wish him the best in his future endeavors."