MISSOULA — Montana running back Cody McCombs is leaving the program, he announced on Twitter Monday afternoon.
McCombs, a former Billings West player, said in a Twitter post that the decision is based on "unfortunate circumstances" of a family situation. The junior-to-be will play football at Rocky Mountain College back home and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
"I was going to go back home regardless, finish up school at MSUB and just work and help them," McCombs told 406mtsports.com. "... It’s all family related. Nothing else. Nothing like the coaching staff or anything like that."
He's excited for the opportunity to extend his football-playing career and is grateful that Rocky is giving him that chance.
"It’s going to be good to be at home with my family," McCombs said. "I’m excited for the opportunity that they’ve given me, and before I thought I wasn’t going to get to finish my football career, but now I get to play my last two years.
"I’m grateful for that and I’m excited. Obviously it’s nothing like playing for the Griz, but football’s football and I still love the game.”
In two seasons with the Griz, McCombs carried the ball 10 times for 49 yards with a long of 21 yards. He played in nine games, including seven this past season.
He had one tackle in 2016. He had two kick returns for 32 yards in 2017.
McCombs was a second-team all-state running back at Billings West in 2014. He spent the 2015 season at Black Hill State before transferring to the Griz.
"It was amazing," McCombs said in summing up his Griz career. "I battled with injuries. All last season, I missed a few games because of it. Last fall camp, I was doing really well and got injured.
"Since I’ve been here, I’ve had a hard time with injuries, and that’s set me behind as far as playing time, but I still got to play in almost every game last year, mainly special teams, but I still got in a few games at running back. I loved my time at Missoula. It’s going to be hard to leave."