Minnesota loses DeLeon Eskridge

Updated: June 17, 2011, 4:23 PM ET
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com

Minnesota's leading rusher has decided to leave the team, coach Jerry Kill announced Friday afternoon.

Senior DeLeon Eskridge rushed for 698 yards and seven touchdowns in 2010 while starting five games for the Gophers. The San Francisco native is leaving school for personal reasons, Kill said.

"DeLeon has a family situation and he needs to be able to get closer to home," Kill said in a statement. "He and I both felt it was in his best interest to make this decision."

With Eskridge gone, that means fifth-year senior Duane Bennett will likely get the bulk of the carries this season. Bennett has 24 career starts, including seven last year when he led the team in all-purpose yards with 996.

Kill also announced the departure of senior tight end Tiree Eure, who appeared in 11 games last year after transferring in from junior college.

"Things just didn't work out for Tiree," Kill said.

Brian Bennett covers college sports for ESPN.com.