The Colorado State Rams are losing running back, and likely 2014 starter, Donnell Alexander. Alexander has elected to leave the Rams program as of this weekend. Earlier in the week, head coach Jim McElwain was very supportive when he said that Alexander was taking a leave of absence from the team for personal reasons.
That leave of absence has now turned into Alexander being granted his release from Colorado State:
"The one thing to remember is I'm going to do everything to help him," McElwain said after Saturday's morning session. "One of those things he expressed with me was he was interested in taking a look and possibly going somewhere. That's all handled through our compliance office. He had mentioned a couple of schools that have might have already been in contact with him. I said the thing we need to know is you've got to tell our compliance office who they are so we can send those releases."
As of now there is just one school which the compliance office has sent out on behalf of Alexander. This move seemingly has come out of nowhere since just early in the prior week on Tuesday, Alexander glowingly discussed the future of Colorado State football, and one where he was to be the starting running back.
McElwain and Alexander had a meeting where the running back was unhappy with certain things, and Alexander's mother, Kim, said the team was not supportive over some family issues. There are issues with his mother who has six felony counts, and In another legal matter, Kim and Donnell Alexander are listed defendants in a civil action in Arapahoe County Court, this according to the Loveland Reporter-Herald.
Alexander was to be the starting running back next season, and with him now all but gone that spot could is now completely up for grabs heading into the fall. This is a big blow for Colorado State as they now have zero backs who have taken more than 10 FBS snaps.