Source: Smith plans to transfer to Arizona football program
A good number of UNLV football’s seniors vowed to stay committed to the Rebels in 2014, despite the team’s postseason ban.
All except for running back Adonis Smith.
The senior running back, projected to be the starter for UNLV this fall, is transferring from the Rebels, a source told The Rebel Yell on Friday.
Smith told the source that he planned to transfer to Arizona. However, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Wildcats have no more open scholarships and are even over the limit.
Smith is leaving UNLV because of the football team’s postseason ban handed down by the NCAA, thanks to a low Academic Progress Rate (APR) score.
Athletic programs need to reach a four-year average of 930 to remain eligible for postseason play. The Rebels’ reported score was 925.
Smith transferred from Northwestern to UNLV in 2011 and sat out the 2012 season due to the NCAA’s transfer rules. It’s unclear whether or not he would be eligible immediately, but he plans to use UNLV’s bowl ban and his last year of college football as reasons to play.
Smith had a tough time staying on the field in 2013. He finished with 70 yards on only 28 carries.
Smith had a strong performance in the spring showcase, rushing for 83 yards and two touchdowns on only seven carries.
However, competition at running back intensified during spring practices when head coach Bobby Hauck gave safety David Greene carries in the backfield. Smith called Greene’s switch to a running back a “slap in my face.”