ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- The University of Missouri backfield will be a little less crowded as spring practice continues ahead of next month’s Black and Gold game. The school confirmed Tuesday that running back Chase Abbington was leaving the program. Abbington, a Fort Zumwalt South graduate, arrived last fall after a detour to Hutchinson Community College. It is unclear what prompted his departure.
Abbington was never a true factor in the MU offense in 2015, gaining a total of 39 yards on six carries in ten games after arriving just prior to the start of the season. With new Head Coach Barry Odom’s apparent penchant for bigger, running backs ( Abbington measures at 6-2, 215), Abbington appeared poised to take advantage of a promised clean slate with the new coaching staff.
Redshirt freshmen Ryan Williams and Marquise Doherty, Redshirt Sophomore Trevon Walters, Junior Ish Witter are all slated to return and compete at running back. Natereace Strong (East St. Louis) joins as a Sophomore along with true freshman Damarea Crockett in time for fall camp.
Abbington originally pledged to Missouri over scholarship offers from Nebraska, Ohio State and others. He’s the second St. Louis-area player to leave the program this spring. De Smet Jesuit graduate Andy Bauer retired from football following a series of hip injuries dating back to his high school career.