Baylor RB Johnny Jefferson to miss 2016 for personal issues

The Baylor Bears have taken a hit at depth in the offensive backfield with news that running back Johnny Jefferson will miss the 2016 college football season.

On Friday, it was announced that Jefferson has taken some time away from school to deal with personal issues.

However, Bears coach Jim Grobe said Jefferson remains a part of the team.

“Johnny, while still a member of this team, in addition to healing recent injuries is taking some time away from school to deal with some personal issues and hopefully will rejoin the program for spring semester,” Grobe said in a statement, via Yahoo Sports.

It is a big loss for the Bears as Jefferson was the team’s second-leading rusher in 2015, totaling 1,000 yards on the ground and eight touchdowns.

The good news, however, is that the team still has a workhorse back in Shock Lindwood and capable backups like sophomore Terence Williams and redshirt freshman JaMycal Hasty.

Baylor returns to the field this weekend against SMU at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

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