UCLA backup RB Knox to transfer

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA running back Milton Knox, who enrolled as the all-time leading rusher in City Section football out of Birmingham High (Lake Balboa, Ca.), has decided to transfer.

"It didn't really work out like I wanted it to work out," Knox said. "Sometimes that's just how the cards fall. There's no hard feelings or anything, I just have to do what I have to do."

Knox enrolled at UCLA after a storied prep career, leading Birmingham to three City Section titles in four seasons, but had to redshirt as a freshman when academic issues delayed his enrollment by a quarter.

As a redshirt freshman last season, Knox played in seven games, primarily out of the wildcat formation, but was unable to earn consistent playing time ahead of Johnathan Franklin and Derrick Coleman.

Though Knox had a strong spring practice, playing time next season was going to be even harder to come by with Gatorade national player of the year Malcolm Jones and highly-touted freshman Jordon James enrolling in the fall.

Knox said his decision was complicated because his father and grandmother are both dealing with complications from diabetes and he had hoped to stay in Los Angeles to be close to them.

"It is really hard to leave because of what's going on with my family," Knox said. "But they understand why I have to leave and do what I have to do."

Ramona Shelburne is a reporter and columnist for ESPNLosAngeles.com.