UConn RB Nate Hopkins to transfer

Connecticut running back Nate Hopkins (11) breaks the tackle of Southern Methodist defensive end Mason Gentry (93) at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on Sept. 30.Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports (file photo)

Connecticut running back Nate Hopkins has left the team and intends to transfer.

Coach Randy Edsall confirmed to the Hartford Courant that Hopkins plans to transfer to an undetermined school after being informed of his expected role with the Huskies.

"We told him what we thought his role would be, as a short-yardage and goal-line guy," Edsall said, per the newspaper. "We just try to be honest, and if guys don't want to do the role that we think, if they think they can have a bigger role somewhere else, God bless them and good luck to them."

Hopkins, a sophomore, had 92 carries for 343 yards last season and led the team with seven rushing touchdowns.

Junior running back Donevin O'Reilly and freshman Zavier Scott likely are the leading candidates to start at running back in the Huskies' season opener against Central Florida on Aug. 30.

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