OU football: NCAA's new redshirt rule missed Addison Gumbs, but still has benefits

Oklahoma linebacker Addison Gumbs runs drills during practice on Thursday at the OU rugby fields. Gumbs will be a sophomore this season, but would be headed into his redshirt freshman year had a new NCAA rule been applied before the 2017 season. 

NORMAN, Okla. — It was thought Addison Gumbs would rehabilitate the season-ending knee injury he suffered last week and return in 2019 as a redshirt sophomore at Oklahoma.

But OU announced Wednesday the linebacker is leaving the program due to personal reasons. 

"Addison did a very nice job while he was here and we certainly wish him the best," OU coach Lincoln Riley said in a statement. 

Gumbs, a sophomore, was considered a potential starter at OU’s edge-rushing linebacker spot during the preseason, but sustained an injury during a non-contact drill roughly 24 hours before the season opener against Florida Atlantic. 

His decision to leave OU presumably occurred some time between late Saturday and Wednesday. His name appeared on Saturday’s roster, and though he was noticeably absent from the sideline during the game, statements from his coaches and teammates after OU's 63-14 victory were focused toward a healthy recovery and return. Gumbs even tweeted "I'll be back" that afternoon. 

He appeared in four games last season, making eight tackles and tallying one pass breakup.

Mark Jackson was Gumbs' primary competition in the battle to start. Jackson had two tackles and a sack against FAU. Redshirt sophomore Jon-Michael Terry is listed behind Jackson on the depth chart. 

Gumbs' departure was first reported by SoonerScoop.com