Two seasons after earning Freshman All-American honors with the Huskies, running back Lyle McCombs is no longer part of the team, the school announced Wednesday. He will remain enrolled through the end of the summer term to earn his undergraduate degree, however.
“Attending school at the University of Connecticut is a special privilege as is being a member of the UConn football team,” first-year coach Bob Diaco said in a statement. “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.”
McCombs, who rushed for 1,115 yards as a freshman, leaves the program as the fourth-leading rusher in school history (2,681 yards). He also has 11 career 100-yard rushing games.
Diaco, meanwhile, remains focused on those players still on the roster and preparing for the 2014 season.
“I am excited with the players we have at the tailback position and look forward to their production,” he said.
That includes Max DeLorenzo, the only other running back with more than a handful of carries during regular-season action; he rushed for 349 yards and five touchdowns in 2013. Behind him is Jazzmar Clax, who had 11 yards on just seven carries.