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Oklahoma football: KU tailback Khalil Herbert leaves team

OU's Ronnie Perkins hauls down Kansas tailback Khalil Herbert last season on Owen Field. (Photo by Bryan Terry)
OU's Ronnie Perkins hauls down Kansas tailback Khalil Herbert last season on Owen Field. (Photo by Bryan Terry)


Tailback Khalil Herbert apparently has left the Kansas football team amid speculation he plans to use the graduate transfer rule and play elsewhere next season.

Players can retain a year of eligibility if they play no more than four games in a season. Herbert was the star of KU’s upset of Boston College on September 13, but the Jayhawks’ fifth game of the season was last Saturday at TCU, and that morning, Herbert was announced as out for that game due to “personal reasons.” At least one Jayhawk player said he found out right before the game about Herbert’s absence.

On the Big 12 teleconference Monday, KU coach Les Miles said Herbert’s absence is “for the foreseeable future” and “conversations are in progress,” but “I don’t expect Khalil to be with us. That’s really all I have. You’re up to date.”

Herbert, a senior from Coral Springs, Florida, rushed for 291 yards on 36 carries against West Virginia in 2017 but didn’t make a huge splash until this season. Herbert had 357 yards rushing the first three games this season, including 187 against Boston College, when the Jayhawks won 48-24.

KU still has Pooka Williams, a freshman star last season who this season has rushed for 308 yards on 67 carries.

Related Photos
Oklahoma's Ronnie Perkins (7) brings down Kansas' Khalil Herbert (10) during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Kansas Jayhawks (KU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma's Ronnie Perkins (7) brings down Kansas' Khalil Herbert (10) during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the Kansas Jayhawks (KU) at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

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