De'Antwan Williams leaves Rutgers

NEW YORK -- Rutgers running back De'Antwan Williams has left the team, coach Greg Schiano announced Wednesday.

Williams' decision came after undisclosed depth chart changes at the running back position, according to Schiano. He added that Williams has the option of returning to the team if he wants.

The 5-foot-8, 193-pound junior from Woodbridge, Va., was the team's starting tailback in its season opener against North Carolina Central, rushing for 44 yards on 11 carries in a 48-0 win.

He also had a team-high nine carries for 15 yards in the Scarlet Knights' 24-22 loss to North Carolina on Sept. 10 -- a game in which Rutgers amassed just one total rushing yard on 25 carries overall.

But Williams may have seen the writing on the wall. This year, Rutgers also brought in freshman running back Savon Huggins from St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City -- arguably the biggest recruit in school history.

Huggins was ranked the 28th-best player in the country, and the fourth-best running back, in his high school class by ESPNU. Huggins rushed 10 times for 32 yards in the season opener, and had both of Rutgers' rushing touchdowns.

The Scarlet Knights also are deep at running back, with sophomore Jeremy Deering and redshirt freshman Jawan Jamison seeing action this season as well.

Williams appeared in six games for Rutgers last season, with 44 carries for 235 yards (5.3 yards per carry) and a touchdown. This past spring he received the team's Mark Mills Second Effort Award, given to the most improved offensive player in spring drills.

Kieran Darcy covers college sports for ESPNNewYork.com.