Nov 30, 2013; East Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies running back Lyle McCombs (43) warms up before the start of the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

UConn Football: Huskies’ leading rusher Lyle McCombs no longer with team

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The UConn Huskies football program is getting ready to start a new era under first-year head coach Bob Diaco, but the starting point this year just got a bot more difficult as the team has announced that leading rusher Lyle McCombs is no longer with the team.

Diaco, albeit briefly, addressed the departure of his star running back.

“Attending school at the University of Connecticut is a special privilege as is being a member of the UConn football team,” said head coach Bob Diaco. “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.”

While the team struggled in the AAC last season, McCombs was a lone bright spot, rushing for 670 yards and five touchdowns in 2013. He’s been the team’s leading rusher in each of the past three seasons, including his stellar freshman campaign in which he totaled 1,151 yards and was named to the freshman All-American team.

Despite not playing on the team this season, he will remain enrolled at the university where he will earn his undergraduate degree this summer, and then more than likely get ready for the 2015 NFL Draft he’ll still be eligible to participate in.

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