Baylor head football coach Jim Grobe announced Friday that running back Johnny Jefferson will not play football this season for the Bears.
Baylor RB Johnny Jefferson will sit out the 2016 season. 1,000 yard rusher last season. Statement from Grobe: pic.twitter.com/Js07pxg9Mz
— Max Olson (@max_olson) September 9, 2016
Jefferson had been nursing a foot injury to go along with sore ribs from a car accident that he was involved in last month. He felt he needed some time away from the game, as he cited personal reasons for part of the reason he is stepping away.
He did say he would come back, though.
“Johnny, while still a member of this team, in addition to healing recent injuries, is taking some time away from school to deal with some personal issues and hopefully will rejoin the program for spring semester,” Grobe said in a statement.
Jefferson also took to Instagram to state that he needed a break, saying “I need a little time to regroup from some personal issues through spending time with family so I can come back as the father & man I need to be (h/t ESPN).”
Jefferson, a 5’10”, 205-pound junior back from Killeen, Texas has been a rock in the backfield for the Bears the last couple of seasons.
Last year, Jefferson rushed for an even 1,0000 yards and eight touchdowns on 136 carries. For his career, Jefferson has rushed for 1,524 yards and 14 touchdowns on 236 carries.
Expect Grobe to lean heavily on Shock Linwood as the season progresses.
This is another in a long line of setbacks for Grobe and company, as the scandal that has rocked the school has resulted in many players, either by force or choice, leaving the program.
Baylor, who is ranked No. 23 in the country according to the latest Associated Press poll, is set to face SMU at home on Saturday.