LSU running back Broussard leaves team

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU running back Alley Broussard said Tuesday he is leaving the team but will remain in school.

Broussard, a senior from Lafayette and four-year member of the team, played in 35 games, starting eight times. He finishes his career with 1,537 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns.

"My heart was no longer in it," Broussard said in a statement released by the university. "I'm scheduled to graduate in December, so I want to use the fall semester to dedicate my time towards getting my degree.

"I enjoyed my four years as part of the LSU football team and I wish my teammates success in 2007."

Broussard, who missed all of the 2005 season with a knee injury, returned to action last year, rushing for 281 yards and four touchdowns on 74 carries.

"We understand Alley's decision and we'll support him as he continues to pursue his college degree," LSU coach Les Miles said. "We wish him success in his future endeavors and thank him for the time that he spent with our program."