Minnesota running back, former 4-star recruit, reportedly enters transfer portal
Minnesota is set to lose some depth in its offensive backfield following a report from the 247Sports Transfer Portal Twitter account that a running back has entered the transfer portal.
RB Mar’Keise Irving, a former 4-star recruit, rushed for 699 yards with 4 touchdowns last season as a freshman on a 5.3 yards-per-carry average. Irving appeared in 12 games and led Minnesota with 966 all-purpose yards. He also caught 8 passes for 73 yards and returned 8 kickoffs for 194 yards.
Irving was a 4-star recruit according to 247Sports, and was ranked the No. 3 prospect in Illinois. He had 24 offers coming out of high school.
Here’s a game-by-game breakdown from his Minnesota bio:
Made his Minnesota and collegiate debut against Miami and recorded two kick returns for 64 yards, including a 41-yard return in the fourth quarter • carried the ball 15 times for 89 yards at Colorado and also caught one pass for three yards • rushed four times for eight yards against Bowling Green and also returned one kickoff for 34 yards • ran six times for 15 yards at Purdue • carried the ball seven times for 28 yards and caught one pass against Nebraska • scored one touchdown and rushed 15 times for 105 yards (first 100-yard game) against Maryland and also caught one pass for 28 yards and returned one kickoff for 20 yards • carried the ball 19 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns at Northwestern • gained 26 yards on five carries and registered one tackle against Illinois • ran 17 times for 80 yards at Iowa • rushed 14 times for 70 yards and one touchdown at Indiana • totaled a game high 117 all-purpose yards (39 rush, 39 receiving, 39 kick return) against Wisconsin • led Minnesota with 145 all-purpose yards (129 rush, 16 kick return) against West Virginia in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl.
Minnesota second-year RB Mar’Keise Irving (@BuckyIrving) has officially entered the transfer portal. A four-star recruit in 2021, he ran for 699 yards and 4 TDs last season on 5.3 yards per carry as a true freshman.https://t.co/tFsImYMwBf
— 247Sports Transfer Portal (@247SportsPortal) April 12, 2022