Posted on: June 17, 2011 4:28 pm

Gophers' leading rusher Eskridge to transfer

DeLeon Eskridge, who led the Minnesota Gophers with 698 rushing yards and seven touchdowns last season, has decided to transfer to a school closer to his home in San Francisco to deal with a personal situation, according to The Star Tribune. He has been granted a release by the school

Where Eskridge will transfer to is not yet known, but it's certainly a hit to the stock of NFLDraftScout.com's No. 30-rated running back in the 2012 class.  A 5-feet-11 and 205 pounds, Edkridge is believed to run the 40-yard dash in the high-4.4-second range.

"He and I both felt it was in his best interest to make this decision," coach Jerry Kill said.

However, he leaves a crowded backfield that includes senior Duane Bennett (529 rushing yards, three TDs in 2010) and redshirt freshmen Donnell Kirkwood (107 rushing yards in '10 before a season-ending leg injury), LaMonte Edwards and Devon Wright.

The school also announced that backup tight end Tiree Eure will leave the team.  

--Derek Harper, NFLDraftScout.com Executive Editor
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