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Colorado State running back Donnell Alexander went through Spring football practice looking like the obvious choice to become the Rams' starter in the backfield. But on Friday, the Rams announced Alexander had abruptly left the program due to personal reasons. Coach Jim McElwain said the junior would be welcome back to the team when/if he decided to return.

But according to Donnell Alexander's mother, that will never happen.

In an interview with The Coloradoan, Kim Alexander says her son left CSU because he never received support following a personal tragedy in his life.

"Donnell had a tragic event happen with his sister and what put the icing on the cake for him was that when that situation happened, he didn't get any support from CSU. That made his decision," Kim Alexander told The Coloradoan. "Donnell doesn't want people to think he's going to come and play for CSU, because he's not. Any report that says he doesn't have a release is wrong. I have it in my hand."

The article goes on to mention that Donnell will remain on scholarship through the end of the semester before selecting another school. His mother says he has already been contacted by a number of schools, with one undisclosed school being his favorite.

Rock Canyon graduate Erick Williams is the lone returning running back on next season's roster.

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