MISSOULA — Josh Labrador, a walk-on junior running back from Eagle, Idaho, has left the Montana football program.
In an interview with 406 MT Sports on Thursday afternoon, Labrador said that several factors went into his decision to leave the program.
"It was a combination of many things, a lot outside football as well," Labrador said. "I just wasn't sure if football was taking me where I wanted to be in life anymore. That made it hard for my heart to be all the way in and football is far too strenuous to be doing that. I spent a lot of time talking to my parents, family and friends and it came down to this being what felt right for me."
Labrador will be moving home to Idaho this weekend and will try to get into a college closer to home for next semester.
He said that he told running backs coach Justin Green his final decision to leave the program on Thursday.
"He was very respectful about it," Labrador said. "He wants the best in life for his guys in football and out."
Labrador transferred from Snow College, a junior college program in Ephraim, Utah. He totaled 382 yards rushing on 53 carries with three touchdowns his freshman season and had 248 yards rushing on 61 carries through five games his sophomore year before breaking his collarbone.
After his injury, most schools lost interest, but he was offered a walk-on spot at the University of Montana.
“After I got hurt, nothing really came through,” Labrador said back in mid-August. “When Montana said they’d still love me to be here and walk on, I decided, ‘Hey, you know what? I think I can play and it doesn’t matter if I’m walking on or not. I got an opportunity here and I decided to take it.’”
Labrador is the son of Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), who is currently running for Idaho governor.
— Amie Just, 406mtsports.com