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UConn's leading rusher no longer part of the team

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

UConn RB Lyle McCombs leaves team
Lyle McCombs won't lead UConn in rushing for a fourth straight season. (USATSI)

The UConn Huskies head into 2014 looking to bounce back from a 3-9 season, but they'll have to do so without their leading rusher. The school announced Wednesday that running back Lyle McCombs was no longer a part of the football team.

That's a big blow to the UConn offense, as McCombs was the team's leading rusher in each of the last three seasons. He rushed for 670 yards and five touchdowns in 2013, while also catching 20 passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns. In his three years as UConn's lead back McCombs amassed 2,681 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns.

McCombs will remain in school through the summer to get his degree.

As for what this means for the Huskies heading into 2014, it leaves them a bit thin at the running back position. The only other running backs to get carries in 2013 were Max DeLorenzo and Jazzmar Clax. DeLorenzo rushed for 349 yards and five touchdowns last season, but Clax had only seven carries for 11 yards.

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