LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) -- What had been a promising one-two punch in the University of Kansas backfield is no more after Jayhawks' head coach Les Miles announced running back Khalil Herbert is off the team.
“We would like to wish Khalil Herbert and his family well moving forward. With that said, Khalil is no longer a member of our football program and will not participate in any football activities,” Miles said in a statement released early Wednesday afternoon.
The statement did not provide any reasons for Herbert's departure. He also did not play in KU's 51-14 loss to TCU last Saturday, after an abrupt roster change.
The senior back had already racked up 384 yards in four games this season, including a 187 yard effort against Boston College in week two. Over the course of his career, Herbert tallied 1,735 yards on 320 attempts.
Herbert had attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School through his junior year before going elsewhere for his final football season.
Despite the move, Herbert remained close to one of his coaches, Aaron Feis, also a security specialist who tried to shield students from bullets and was among the 17 killed in the Valentine’s Day massacre.