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Running back Erin Collins to transfer from NC State

N.C. State running back Erin Collins (21) is stopped by safety Stephen Griffin (21) on Saturday, April 7, 2018, during N.C. State Football’s Kay Yow Spring Game at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C.
N.C. State running back Erin Collins (21) is stopped by safety Stephen Griffin (21) on Saturday, April 7, 2018, during N.C. State Football’s Kay Yow Spring Game at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C.

Reserve running back Erin Collins announced his plans to transfer from N.C. State on Twitter on Sunday.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound freshman from Plant City, Fla., redshirted last season.

He was one of five players who was disciplined by coach Dave Doeren last August for his role in an on-campus party on July 21 that ended with two female N.C. State students reporting to campus police that they had been allegedly raped and a third female student alleged she was a victim of sexual battery.

The Wake County District Attorney’s Office decided not to pursue criminal charges against any of the five players after a review of the allegations in September.

“It is with careful thought and prayer, I’ve decided to part ways with NC State University and transfer to another institution to continue participation in the intercollegiate sport of football,” Collins wrote on his Twitter account. “While I appreciate the Athletic Department, the coaching staff and everyone who made the journey a pleasant experience, I’ve decided to pursue other options in my collegiate career.”

Doeren kicked two players off the team, freshman receiver Antoine Thompson and freshman defensive end Kevince Brown, before the allegations were made public last August.

Collins, defensive end Xavier Lyas and linebacker Isaiah Moore were officially suspended for the 2017 season but did practice with the team.

Technically, the season counts as a redshirt season, and the three players still have four years of eligibility.

Collins will have to sit out a season, under current transfer rules, and will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Collins, Lyas and Moore each played in N.C. State’s spring game in April. Lyas's and Moore’s status with the team is unclear. The school’s Title IX office conducted an investigation into the incident. A spokesman for the athletic department declined to comment on the status of Lyas and Moore on Sunday night.

Collins was a three-star recruit coming out of high school in Florida and had the potential to help in the backfield in the upcoming season.

He had 12 carries for 40 yards and caught one pass for 15 yards in the spring game.

Senior Reggie Gallaspy is expected to be the primary running back, with redshirt freshman Nakia Robinson, redshirt junior Damontay Rhem and freshman Ricky Person as other options.

In a letter from N.C. State’s compliance office to Collins, which he posted on Twitter, Collins was given his release to transfer to any school not on the Wolfpack’s 2018 schedule.

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