Pittsburgh Football: RB Rushel Shell to transfer

Pittsburgh RB Rushel Shell to transfer

4/3/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst announced Tuesday afternoon that running back Rushel Shell will transfer, reports John Taylor of College Football Talk.Blog Photo - Pittsburgh Football: RB Rushel Shell to transfer

Transfer rumors began last Thursday when Chryst told the media that Shell is “working through some challenges right now” and would miss some spring time, despite still being a member of the football team.

"Rushel and I met on Tuesday morning, and he informed me of his final decision to transfer," Chryst said in an official statement. "I wish him only the best moving forward. Out of respect for Rushel, his family and his privacy, this will be my final comment on the matter."

With Ray Graham graduating, the many were expecting Shell to become the starter this upcoming season and follow in what has been a long line of excellent running backs.

As a freshman in 2012, Shell took 141 carries for 641 yards (4.5 ypc) and four touchdowns in the backup role. Panther fans were excited to see these numbers inflate as the former five-star all-purpose back – who chose Pitt over Alabama, Florida and Florida State – continued to develop.

There aren’t any leads to where Shell will land, but Arizona State would be the most reasonable location. Todd Graham – who recruited Shell – was the head coach at Pittsburgh for the 2011 season before abruptly leaving for the Sun Devils.

Shell’s departure leaves some questions in Pitt’s backfield. We should be looking at an open battle for the job between Isaac Bennett and Malcolm Crockett, but neither have much experience or have shown the type of ability that is to be desired.

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