Minnesota running back Rodney Smith will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury he suffered in Saturday’s game against Fresno State.
Smith’s season-ending injury was confirmed by the school on Monday.
“I am devastated for Rodney, but I know he will keep his oar in the water and continue to move forward and attack his rehabilitation process,” Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck said in a statement. “He is a leader on this team and I look forward to him working with our young players as we continue to grow this season.”
Smith started 30 games for Minnesota the past three seasons and has 651 career carries for 2,959 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Minnesota will apply for a 6th year of eligibility for Smith.
“We believe Rodney meets all the requirements for the wavier and fully expect that it will be granted” Fleck said.