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LSU running back Tre Bradford (8) is congratulated by wide receiver Koy Moore (5) after Bradford scored a touchdown during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against Florida, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

LSU running back Kevontre Bradford, a former four-star recruit who played in a limited role in his first season last year, has reportedly entered the NCAA transfer portal.

The news, which was reported first by AL.com, comes at a time in which the LSU backfield is quite deep and competition for playing time is high.

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The two main starters, Ty Davis-Price and John Emery, both are returning for their junior seasons while two high profile recruits, Armoni Goodwin and Corey Kiner, have just arrived on campus. Josh Williams, a former walk-on, also played in all 10 games during his freshman season last year.

Bradford, a 6-foot, 190-pound sophomore, rushed for 58 yards on 10 carries during the 2020 season. He also caught three passes for 13 yards and a touchdown. Bradford played in five games and started in LSU's season finale against Ole Miss, in which Bradford had nine carries for 53 yards.

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The Lancaster, Texas, native has not yet publicly announced his decision, and it is uncertain yet just where he may transfer. The NCAA's new one-time transfer rule will allow Bradford to move on to another school and play immediately.

LSU is expected to boost the backfield's effectiveness after the unit failed to produce a 1,000-yard rusher during last year's 5-5 campaign — a limitation that also had to do with an inconsistent offensive line.

Bradford was dealing with a hamstring injury during spring practice, and his injury kept him from participating in LSU's spring game on April 17.

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Email Brooks Kubena at bkubena@theadvocate.com.