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Report: Star College Football RB Out For The Season

A general view of Minnesota's football field.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 11: A general view of TCF Bank Stadium during the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Northwestern Wildcats on October 11, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

College football is only two weeks into the 2018 season. Already, we've seen some devastating injuries.

This weekend, Oklahoma lost star running back Rodney Anderson for the year due to a torn ACL. Minnesota reportedly lost its star back as well.

According to The Athletic's Jon Krawczynski, Minnesota running back Rodney Smith is out for the reason. Smith suffered a leg injury during Saturday's win over Fresno State.

Golden Gopher head coach P.J. Fleck did not specify the extent of Smith's injury today, saying he would address it in full tomorrow. Fleck called it a "lower extremity" issue. Per Krawczynski, it is a left knee injury.

Smith has rushed for 2,959 yards in his career, good for seventh on Minnesota's all-time list. He topped 1,000 yards in 2016 and narrowly missed doing so again last year.

With Smith out, freshman Bryce Williams ran for 87 yards against Fresno. He will be expected to carry more of the load moving forward.