Just a handful of weeks following the end of spring practice, Virginia’s depth and experience at the running back position has taken an unexpected hit.
In a press release, Cavaliers head coach Mike London announced that Clifton Richardson has been granted a release from his scholarship and will leave the football program. No specific reason for the departure was given, although it appears to be an amicable parting of ways.
“Clifton Richardson has been granted permission to seek a release from his scholarship to pursue opportunities elsewhere,” said London in a statement. “Clifton will be leaving the University in good academic standing. I wish the best for Clifton as he pursues his academic and athletic goals.”
The release stated that Richardson will have two years of eligibility remaining plus a redshirt season.
Richardson appeared in 20 games during his Cavaliers career, rushing for 425 yards and two touchdowns. In seven games last season, Richardson ran for just 59 yards as he battled an injury to his lower extremities.
A four-star member of Virginia’s 2011 recruiting class, Richardson was rated as the No. 20 RB in the country and the No. 6 player at any position in the state of Virginia.