Lyle McCombs

UConn’s leading rusher last three seasons off the team

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We can now say with 100-percent certainty that UConn will have a new leading rusher for the first time since 2010.

In a press release, the Huskies announced that Lyle McCombs is no longer a member of the football team.  The running back will, however, remain at the school through the end of the summer term in order to graduate.

It unknown at this time whether McCombs will transfer to another program for his final season of eligibility.  If he were to move on to another FBS school, McCombs would be eligible to play immediately as a grad transfer.

Based on head coach Bob Diaco‘s statement, however, it appears an off-the-field incident or incidents triggered the split.

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

McCombs had led the Huskies in rushing each of the past three seasons after coming to the school out of high school in Staten Island. He exits as the program’s fourth-leading rusher with 2,681 yards. 1,151 of those yards came in 2011 when he was named as a Freshman All-American.

With McCombs’ unexpected departure, redshirt junior Max DeLorenzo (349 yards rushing in 2013) will be the only returning back to have rushed for more than 100 yards last season.

“I am excited with the players we have at the tailback position and look forward to their production,” Diaco said.

Carey, Yeldon among 63 RBs on Doak Walker Award preseason watch list

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Oh, you know. Just another preseason watch list coming your way.

The Doak Walker Award, given annually to college football’s most outstanding running back, released its preseason watch list on Friday with 63 candidates. Among those to be included were Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey, who was the nation’s leading rusher in 2012, Miami’s Duke Johnson, Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas and Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon.

The winner of the Doak Walker Award will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 12. Last year’s winner was Wisconsin’s Montee Ball.

As always, you can view the entire list of preseason candidates below. You can now also check out our preseason watch lists repository HERE.

Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
Michael Alisa, BYU
Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky
Dri Archer, Kent State
Brendan Bigelow, California
Beau Blankenship, Ohio
Alfred Blue, LSU
Dominique Brown, Louisville
Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona
B.J. Catalon, TCU
Orleans Darkwa, Tulane
Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech
Trayion Durham, Kent State
Jahwan Edwards, Ball State
David Fluellen, Toledo
D.J. Foster, Arizona State
Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
Marion Grice, Arizona State
Todd Gurley, Georgia
Joe Hill, Utah State
John Hubert, Kansas State
Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
Waymon James, TCU
Duke Johnson, Miami
Storm Johnson, UCF
Matt Jones, Florida
Henry Josey, Missouri
Ben Malena, Texas A&M
Raymond Maples, Army
Venric Mark, Northwestern
Keith Marshall, Georgia
Glasco Martin, Baylor
Tre Mason, Auburn
Lyle McCombs, Connecticut
Adam Muema, San Diego State
David Oku, Arkansas State
Branden Oliver, Buffalo
Jordan Parker, Middle Tennessee
LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State
Senorise Perry, Louisville
Christian Powell, Colorado
Darrin Reaves, UAB
Silas Redd, USC
Bishop Sankey, Washington
Lache Seastrunk, Baylor
David Sims, Georgia Tech
James Sims, Kansas
Kiero Small, Arkansas
Jeremy Smith, Oklahoma State
Jerome Smith, Syracuse
De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon
Zurlon Tipton, Central Michigan
Trey Watts, Tulsa
Mark Weisman, Iowa
James White, Iowa State
James White, Wisconsin
Andre Williams, Boston College
Damien Williams, Oklahoma
Jamaal Williams, BYU
Jonathan Williams, Arkansas
Storm Woods, Oregon State
T.J. Yeldon, Alabama
Zach Zwinak, Penn State

UConn’s leading rusher ‘very probable’ for game vs. Orange

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After missing last weekend’s loss to Temple, Lyle McCombs should be back late this week to help shore up a UConn running game that was held to under 100 yards in the overtime defeat.

Head coach Paul Pasqualoni indicated Monday the injury that kept the starter out last weekend shouldn’t do the same Friday against Syracuse.  Probably.

He’s very probable,” the coach said. “I can’t say 100 percent, but he’s much better than he was last week.”

McCombs suffered an injured left hand in an Oct. 6 loss to Rutgers.  Roughly 24 hours before incurring that injury, McCombs was arrested on a misdemeanor charge stemming from a domestic issue with his girlfriend.

Despite missing one full game and not starting a second due to the off-field incident, McCombs is far and away the Huskies’ leading rusher with 484 yards.  Max DeLorenzo is No. 2 with 118 yards.  McCombs has also scored four of UConn’s seven rushing touchdowns.

UConn’s leading rusher arrested on misdemeanor charge

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Game day?  Try arrest day.

Continuing the theme of the morning, multiple media outlets are reporting that UConn running back Lyle McCombs was arrested Friday following a early-morning incident.  That incident led to a misdemeanor charge of second-degree breach of peace.

The Hartford Courant, citing a police report, notes that the charge stemmed from an apparent domestic issue involving the player’s girlfriend.

… police responded to LaFlesche after an alarmed resident called and said that a male and female were involved in a domestic dispute. According to the report, during an investigation, it was learned that McCombs was yelling and had spit on and pushed his girlfriend while outside of a residential hall.

Despite the arrest, UConn officials have stated that McCombs is in uniform and will play in today’s game against No. 22 Rutgers.  He’s not, though, expected to start.

Any future punitive measures have yet to be determined.

For now, though, McCombs’ availability for the critical road contest is huge.  The sophomore is far and away the Huskies’ leading rusher, accounting for a total of 452 of the team’s 560 yards rushing.  He’s also scored four of UConn’s seven rushing touchdowns.

He’s also tied for second in receptions with 12.