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FIU's leading rusher dismissed from the team

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

Kedrick Rhodes led the Panthers with 717 rushing yards last year
Kedrick Rhodes led the Panthers with 717 rushing yards last year. (USATSI)

Florida International is making the move from the Sun Belt to Conference USA this season but will be doing so without its leading rusher.

FIU announced on Monday that running back Kedrick Rhodes had been dismissed from the football program due to a "violation of team policy." The school's statement didn't identify the violation, but odds are it was a recent arrest.

The Miami Herald reports Rhodes, who would have been a senior this coming season, was arrested just after midnight on Sunday and was charged with discharging a weapon on school property, which is a second-degree felony. The paper also reports Rhodes was charged with three unnamed misdemeanor charges as well.

Rhodes led the Panthers in rushing last season with 717 yards and four touchdowns. In the 2011 season, he rushed for 1,149 yards and eight touchdowns. He also caught 54 passes for 545 yards and another two touchdowns during his career.

Without Rhodes, the Panthers' leading returning rusher will be quarterback Jake Medlock, who rushed for 236 yards and three touchdowns last season. Running back Shane Coleman will likely take over the starting role, and he's coming off a season in which he only had eight carries for 34 yards.

 
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