On Friday, the University of Tennessee athletic department announced that backup tailback David Oku is planning to transfer following the spring semester.
In the release from the athletic department, head coach Derek Dooley was quoted saying, "David has handled himself in a professional way, and we mutually agreed that his departure is best for him and our program."
Although Oku began the season as the No. 2 option at tailback behind junior Tauren Poole, but as the season went along he began losing carries to true freshman Raijon Neal.
Oku was the No. 1 All-Purpose Running Back coming out of high school in 2009. The sophomore spent most of last season at No. 3 on the depth chart and the majority of his touches have come as a kickoff returner where he had 1,175 yards on 49 returns.
The sophomore rushed for 268 yards on 65 carries with three rushing touchdowns in his career. Oku also caught nine passes for 92 yards.
The press release from the University did not specify whether Oku had determined to which school he would transfer.