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Heir Apparent Tailback to Leave UConn

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    Rising senior Robbie Frey is leaving UConn to play his last year of college ball near his Pennsylvania hometown.

    With star UConn running back Jordan Todman heading to the pros, Robbie Frey was thought to be a shoe-in as the featured back for the Huskies in the fall. The problem is: he's leaving too.

    Frey intends to transfer to Kutztown University, according to the Hartford Courant. The 21-year-old Pennsylvania native said he has no issues with incoming coach Paul Pasqualoni. Still, Frey will transfer to the Division II school less than an hour from his hometown , where he will be eligible to play immediately, the paper reports. He'll also pursue a graduate degree in teaching.

    "I had been stressed out about this since Coach Edsall left," Frey told the Courant. "I had been thinking about things during the season and was worried about my future, and when I met Coach Pasqualoni, he had helped me get into Master's classes and work toward my degree."

    There were concerns that Frey would not be admitted to the competitive graduate program in Storrs, which takes just a few dozen applicants each year.

    At Kutztown, Frey will be able to graduate in 18 months and will be certified to teach high school social studies in Pennsylvania. At UConn, it would have taken two years or longer.

    Frey's character was a boost to the Huskies last season.

    "I wish I had 105 Robbie Freys," former Coach Edsall said in August, the Courant reports. "Just his work ethic, his character, his ability, his love of the game, his respect of the game ... just works."