Robbie Frey, who would have been Connecticut's leading returning rusher this season, has instead finished his playing career for the Huskies.
In a statement released by the school, Frey said he will receive his undergraduate degree in May and will choose not to use his fifth year of eligibility at UConn. Instead, he'll look to transfer to a Division II school near his home of Lehighton, Pa., where he can play and begin graduate study.
“This is a personal and life decision for me,” Frey said in the release. “I was going to be able to begin my graduate studies at UConn this fall and play another season for the school. I want to thank everyone associated with the university who gave me the opportunity to come back for the 2011 season."
Frey ran for 389 yards and four touchdowns last season and had two 100-yard games -- against Texas Southern and Buffalo. He is also a standout kick returner who ran a kickoff back 95 yards for a score in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl loss to Oklahoma.
He seemed to be the leading candidate to replace star tailback Jordan Todman, who skipped his senior year for the NFL Draft. Now, the only scholarship running backs on the spring roster are USC transfer D.J. Shoemate and redshirt freshman Lyle McCombs, who was suspended indefinitely last month after a drug arrest, and senior Jonathan Jean-Louis.