MURFREESBORO – The I-Train is leaving Oxford.
Former Blackman running I’Tavius Mathers confirmed in a text message to The Daily News Journal on Friday night that he was leaving Ole Miss after three seasons.
Mathers, a former Tennessee Gatorade Football Player of the Year and Tennessee Titans Mr. Football winner, declined any further comment.
Mathers, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound junior, will have one year of eligibility remaining. He will have to sit out one season if he remains in FBS. He can play immediately if he transfers to an FCS school or lower.
Mathers had 67 carries for 290 yards — a career low — in 2014 at Ole Miss. He finished his career with the Rebels with 189 carries for 1,061 yards and seven rushing touchdowns. He also had 18 catches for 141 yards.
He led Ole Miss with 26 rushing yards on seven carries in the Rebels’ 42-3 loss to TCU in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl.
Mathers is the second Ole Miss running back to transfer from the SEC school. Several media oulets have reported that former Memphis Whitehaven running back Mark Dodson is leaving Ole Miss for Memphis.
Mathers rushed for 5,569 yards on 584 carries for his career at Blackman with 65 rushing touchdowns. He was the first running back in Rutherford County history to run for 2,000 yards in a 10-game regular season when he accomplished the feat in 2010.
He was on pace to better that feat in 2011 until he suffered a toe injury in Week 8.
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