Chris James, a sophomore running back, will be transferring from Pitt to pursue better opportunities for consistent carries.
It is hard to argue with James’ wanting to leave Pittsburgh, just look at the depth Pitt has at the tailback position (James Connor and Qadree Ollison).
Connor, without a doubt, is a preseason Heisman candidate next year when he returns to the field after battling cancer and knee problems in 2015.
On the other hand, Pitt has Ollison, who had an amazing rookie season, which included ACC Rookie of the Year hardware.
Personally, I would want to leave too if I was behind two studs such as these guys. Ollison, practically, locked up his starting role as Pitt’s premier back if and when Connor leaves for the draft, so James will be nothing more than a backup unless Ollison gets hurt.
Also, Panthers offensive coordinator Jim Chaney has decided to leave Pitt to take on the same role at Georgia; that does not help positively influence James’ decision one bit.
In 10 games this season, James has rushed 56 times for 253 yards without scoring a touchdown.
Before eventually deciding on attending Pitt, James was a four-star recruit from Illinois with offers from Arizona State, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Pitt, Tennessee, Wisconsin and other big time programs.
James’ decision to transfer was not the first for the Panthers since the end of the season, he joins linebacker Jamal Davis and safety Patrick Amara as recent transferees.
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