Running back Jeff Carr was not expected to have a big role in Oklahoma State’s offense this season, but now he won’t have any. The junior announced on Monday that he will be transferring from the program. Lauren Rew of the Franchise out of Oklahoma City was the first to report the news.
— Lauren Rew (@Lauren_Rew) August 21, 2017
Carr joined the Cowboys as a 2-Star addition to the 2015 class, and despite his low recruiting rating, found work right away. Carr played in every game for the Cowboys as a true freshman, including starting against K-State, and contributed to special teams as well.
However, since his freshman year, he has seen his role reduced. Last season, he took a back seat to Chris Carson and freshman Justice Hill. He carried the ball just 12 times for 83 yards and one score.
This season, Carr was looking at being buried on the depth chart once again. Hill returns off a 1,000-yard season, while Ja’Ron Wilson and LD Brown have impressed in camp. Carr was expected to get some work, but with touted freshman JD King and Chuba Hubbard in the wings, he likely would have been riding the bench once again next season.
There is no word yet on where he may end up. Should he head to another Division I school he would have to sit out the 2017 season, but since he has not previously used his redshirt year, he would have two years of eligibility remaining starting in 2018.
The loss of Carr will affect the Cowboys overall depth in the backfield, but the coaches like the options they have behind Hill.
“Ja’Ron is running well. King is running well. I thought Chuba played really well today.” Gundy said over the weekend.