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UCLA football: Tailback Milton Knox to transfer

May 26, 2010 |  7:42 pm

Knox_300 UCLA tailback Milton Knox has decided to transfer from UCLA, according to a UCLA official.

Knox was the odd man out in a crowded Bruins backfield that will add incoming freshmen Malcom Jones (Westlake Village Oaks Christian) and Jordon James (Corona) this fall. Knox met with Coach Rick Neuheisel on Wednesday morning to ask for his release. He was a redshirt in 2008 and will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next season.

Knox said that he will explore transferring to Fresno State or Utah.

Sophomore Jonathan Franklin and junior Derrick Coleman were the Bruins’ top two tailbacks in 2009, with Knox seeing sporadic time, mostly taking direct snaps in the “wildcat” formation. He had 134 yards rushing in 29 carries.

Knox, who is 5 feet 8 and 202 pounds, did not have Franklin’s speed or Coleman’s strength and was unable to dislodge the two during spring practice. He had also fallen behind speedy Damien Thigpen, a freshman last fall, on the depth chart.

 -- Chris Foster

Photo: Milton Knox is stopped short of the end zone during a game against Washington on Nov. 7. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times