Looking for a clean start and a better chance to contribute to a football program, running back Malin Jones will transfer out of Northwestern. Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald released a statement confirming the university had granted a request to be released from his scholarship on Friday.
“Redshirt freshman running back Malin Jones recently requested, and was granted, his release from Northwestern to seek opportunities at another institution,” Fitzgerald said. “All of us at Northwestern would like to thank Malin for his contributions to our football family over the last two seasons, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
Jones appeared in eight games last season for Northwestern, but his production was extremely limited. In 2013 Jones accounted for just three rushing attempts for a loss of two yards and one catch for six yards. Northwestern suspended Jones at the end of the 2013 season for a violation of team rules.
Jones was one of the top recruits out of Illinois in the Class of 2012. The three-star running back, according to Rivals, chose Northwestern over offers from Boston College, Illinois, Iowa, Louisville, Notre Dame and Toledo. If he transfers to another FBS program he will be required to sit out the 2013 season under NCAA transfer rules. Having already sat out one season, that would cost him a season of eligibility. If Jones transfers to a school at the FCS level then he will be eligible to play right away this fall.