Clemson RB Zac Brooks likely won’t return to team in 2016

Zac Brooks is a junior running back for the Clemson Tigers and has made some plays for the offense throughout the season. He and his team appear to be a legitimate title contender this year and are currently the No. 1 team in the country.

According to a report from, despite only being a junior Brooks isn’t expected to return to the team in 2016.

Clemson co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott talked about his expectation that Brooks will not return.

“Brooks made the decision to not come back,” Elliott said. “That’s a decision that he made. I think with the way things have gone in his career and the fact that’s he on track to graduate and what he wants to do in the future, right now he wants to list himself as a senior. Now that’s subject to change, but right now I think this will be his last year.”

Brooks has carried the football 24 times for 164 yards and three touchdowns this season for the Tigers. He hasn’t been a massive part of the offense, but when his numbers has been called he has stepped up and made some plays.

Not returning next season is a bit of a surprise with the dominance that Clemson has shown this year and the youth that they still have on their roster. There is a chance that Brooks could see an even bigger role next season as well. Perhaps his mind will change, especially if they are able to make a run at a national title.

No matter what ends up happening, Brooks has been an excellent teammate and a solid piece for the Tigers.

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