EAST HARTFORD, CT - SEPTEMBER 21: Lyle McCombs #43 of the Connecticut Huskies catches a touchdown pass by the defense of Chris Wormley #43 of the Michigan Wolverines in the first half at Rentschler Field on September 21, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Lyle McCombs, who rushed for 1,115 yards as a freshman, left the UConn football program in June as the fourth-leading rusher in school history (2,681 yards). He also has 11 career 100-yard rushing games. New coach Bob Diaco made the decision to move on from McCombs and seems happy with the alternatives, starting with Max DeLorenzo.
Meanwhile, McCombs' college career will continue at Rhode Island.
He was one of five transfers to join the FCS program and he will be eligible to play this season.
We have brought them in to compete right away," Rhode Island Head Coach Jim Fleming said of the latest roster additions. "We think these are talented kids who will give us an opportunity to be more competitive. At the same time, we have a lot of guys who have been here who are already in position."
Back in June, Diaco offered these comments on McCombs' departure from the program: “Attending school at the University of Connecticut is a special privilege as is being a member of the UConn football team. With that privilege also come certain responsibilities and expectations. We wish Lyle only the best in his future endeavors as he moves on from UConn.”