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Montana defensive end Chris Favoroso tackles UNC running back Brandon Cartangena last November.

MISSOULA — One of last season's starters on Montana's defensive line is leaving the program. 

Chris Favoroso, one of last year's starting defensive ends, told 406mtsports.com on Friday that Montana granted his unconditional release on Thursday. As of Friday afternoon, Favoroso said he had just received the permission to contact paperwork. 

"It was one of the most enjoyable parts of my life, playing at Montana. I made great friends, my girlfriend's here, my home's here," Favoroso said. "The time I was here, from when I got here to the end of last season, I would say it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I love Montana. I love Missoula. I love the people here. I loved playing football here. It's something I'll never forget. I'll always look back on this part of my life and be so grateful.

"... This place was like paradise to me."

Favoroso cited multiple personal reasons for his departure, adding that he wasn't happy and that he felt like he no longer fit into the defense. 

Favoroso started in nine games last season as a redshirt sophomore and racked up 44 tackles, 13 of which were tackles for loss with six sacks. He also had two quarterback hurries, a pass breakup and a forced fumble. Favoroso has two years of eligibility remaining. 

Before coming to Montana, Favoroso played for Arizona Western and Appalachian State. 

Favoroso, a native of Port St. Lucie, Florida, was Arizona Western's leading tackler and earned all-conference honors at defensive end in 2016. He used his redshirt year at Appalachian State in 2015. 

Favoroso is the ninth player and the third starter to leave Montana's football team since the 2017 season ended. The other starters to request a release were quarterback Gresch Jensen and cornerback Markell Sanders.

Amie Just covers Griz football and Missoula-area preps. Follow her on Twitter @Amie_Just or email her at Amie.Just@406mtsports.com.

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