UMaine running back Ramon Jefferson, who rushed for 1,037 yards and eight touchdowns last season, is leaving the Black Bears program.

He was Maine's leading rusher and was second on the team in TDs.

"Ramon has been granted his release to pursue other opportunities and we wish him well in his future endeavors," said head coach Nick Charlton. - UM Press Release

Jefferson, from Bronx, New York, appeared in all 12 games as a redshirt freshman last year and made seven starts. He ranked second in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in total rushing yards.

Last month, Jefferson pleaded guilty to a criminal mischief charge, a Class D crime and paid a fine as part of a plea agreement. Jefferson was involved in an incident with a female in February in Bangor. A domestic violence charge was dismissed.

The University says it has no further comment at this time.