LAWRENCE | The Kansas football team is down to four running backs.
KU sophomore running back Donte Bean has decided to transfer from KU, Bean confirmed to The Star on Monday. He will join backfield mate Carmon Boyd-Anderson, who announced his intention to leave the program on Sunday, in finding a new football home.
"I wanted an opportunity to get on the field and play more," Bean said. "I thought it would be a better opportunity to go to another school. We've got a whole group of running backs right now."
Hardly. The Jayhawks look good at the top with junior-college transfer Jocques Crawford, junior Jake Sharp and junior Angus Quigley, but depth will be an issue. The only other scholarship running back available is redshirt freshman Rell Lewis, who is making the move from wide receiver.
Bean, Rivals.com's No. 15 all-purpose back in the class of 2006, echoed Boyd-Anderson in saying that he has no hard feelings toward KU. Bean said he made his decision after not "doing much" during two-a-days. He hopes to play football at Washburn in Topeka, Kan., where his brother, Brandon Walker, is a senior running back.Making matters even more difficult for KU is that Sean Ransburg, a true freshman running back from Harrisonville, Mo., did not pass through the NCAA Clearinghouse and is ineligible to play this fall, according to his mother, Debbie Pulliam.
Ransburg, The Star's All-Metro Player of the Year last year, had to leave KU after taking classes in June and July to return to Harrisonville to take a core English Literature class that he never took while in high school. KU has agreed to let Ransburg return to the program in January once he completes the coursework.