The Kansas football team’s Khalil Herbert predicament reached its seemingly inevitable conclusion Wednesday, as head coach Les Miles announced the senior running back is no longer a Jayhawk.
“We would like to wish Khalil Herbert and his family well moving forward,” a statement from Miles began. “With that said, Khalil is no longer a member of our football program and will not participate in any football activities.”
A senior running back from Coral Springs, Fla., Herbert apparently reached a decision this past week to end his season four games in, before KU played its fifth game on the schedule, at TCU.
By appearing in only four games, Herbert could take a redshirt season and then transfer elsewhere to play in 2020.
In KU’s first four games, Herbert provided 8.9 yards per carry, 96 yards per game and two rushing touchdowns.
Entering Saturday’s game against No. 6 Oklahoma, Herbert still ranks as KU’s leading rusher on the season, with 384 yards on 43 carries. Sophomore Pooka Williams, who also has played in four games, has 308 rushing yards on 67 carries.
A 5-foot-9, 205-pound rusher, Herbert was named a team captain for what proved to be his KU finale, a Week 4 home game against West Virginia, coming off one of the top performances of his college career, a 187-yard outing at Boston College on only 11 carries in Week 3.
In 35 career games, Herbert rushed for 1,735 yards and 14 touchdowns for Kansas, while averaging 5.4 yards per carry.