Virginia RB Clifton Richardson to transfer

Virginia running back Clifton Richardson has decided to transfer, coach Mike London announced Thursday.

Richardson played in 20 games for the Cavs, including all 13 as a true freshman in 2011. Last season, he only played in seven games because of a lower extremity injury, and finished with 24 carries for 59 yards. He leaves UVa with 96 career carries for 425 yards and two touchdowns. Richardson also had two career receptions for 26 yards and one touchdown.

"Clifton Richardson has been granted permission to seek a release from his scholarship to pursue opportunities elsewhere," London said in a statement. "Clifton will be leaving the University in good academic standing. I wish the best for Clifton as he pursues his academic and athletic goals."