Florida RB Cronkrite transferring following sophomore year

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida running back Jordan Cronkrite has decided to transfer, leaving after a sophomore season in which his role diminished significantly.

Cronkrite carried 31 times for 145 yards and a touchdown, finishing fourth on the team behind Jordan Scarlett, Lamical Perine and Mark Thompson.

Dealing with a leg injury and unpleased with his spot on the depth chart, Cronkrite did not travel to Jacksonville to play rival Georgia in late October. He returned to the team the following week.

Gators coach Jim McElwain said in a statement Thursday ''we will do everything we can to support and assist him and help him get what he wants.''

A 5-foot-11, 204-pound Miami native, Cronkrite had 44 carries for 157 yards and three scores as a freshman playing behind Kelvin Taylor. He had been expected to share the workload with Scarlett in 2016, but ended up part of a four-man backfield that eventually turned into Scarlett and everyone else.

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