Big 12: Daniel Porter
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Kansas tailback Jocques Crawford will leave the Jayhawk program to transfer to a lower division of college football.
"Jocques was looking for an opportunity to get more playing time," Kansas coach Mark Mangino said. "We support his decision and wish him well."
Crawford led all junior-college rushers in 2007 with 1,935 yards and 19 touchdowns while playing at Cisco (Texas) Junior College. He was named the National Junior College Athletic Association national offensive player of the year during that season.
Before beginning play for the Jayhawks last season, Crawford predicted he would rush for 2,000 yards. He fell far short of that total with 232 yards on 62 carries last season and four touchdowns. Jake Sharp eventually won the starting job as the 2008 season went on as Crawford accounted for only 11 carries in the Jayhawks' final five games.
Crawford was suspended for an undisclosed violation of team rules midway through spring practice. He was kept out of the Jayhawks' spring game on April 11 and was never reinstated during spring practice.
His loss could pose potential depth problems for Kansas. Sharp led the team with 186 carries, but accounted for only 42 percent of the Jayhawks' 440 total carries last season. Sharp averaged 14.3 carries per game.
Because of his size, it would be hard to expect Sharp to go much higher than 17-18 carries per game. That will provide players like Rell Lewis, Toben Opurum, Deshaun Sands and junior college transfer Daniel Porter.
Lewis, a converted wide receiver, was the most impressive running back for the Jayhawks in spring practice. Lewis rushed for a game-high 66 yards in the spring game.
And Opurum, freshman from Plano, Texas, has been one of the revelations of informal team preseason practices. He has been favorably compared to former Kansas running back Brandon McAnderson, a bullish back who rushed for 1,125 yards on the Kansas team that won the 2008 Orange Bowl.
And DeShaun Sands' family is well known to Kansas fans, considering his father, Tony, ranks second in the school's history in rushing yards.
As mentioned here earlier this week, the featured running back is vanishing across the Big 12. It means there will be ample chance for playing time for somebody in Kansas' backfield -- particularly after Crawford's departure.
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35 Final Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21 Final North Carolina State 34 UCF 27
Final Cincinnati 17 Virginia Tech 33 Final 15 Arizona State 36 Duke 31 Final Miami (FL) 21 South Carolina 24 Final/OT Boston College 30 Penn State 31 Final Nebraska 42 24 USC 45
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State