FARGO — North Dakota State's crowded backfield will be reduced by one. Senior Adam Cofield announced on his Twitter account that he is entering the NCAA transfer portal.

Cofield said he is graduating this semester and by entering the portal gives him the best chance to reach the next level in football, which would be the NFL.

"This is the best decision for me to achieve my goals," he wrote.

He also thanked head coach Matt Entz, assistant coaches, players and NDSU fans.

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Cofield was third on the team in rushing last season finishing with 813 yards on 167 attempts, an average of 4.9 yards per carry. His highlight was a 71-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-1 late in the game that beat South Dakota State.

He struggled in NDSU's lone fall game against Central Arkansas rushing eight times for just three yards. He's the third Bison player to leave the team after the UCA game joining quarterback Trey Lance and left tackle Dillon Radunz, both of whom are preparing for the NFL Draft.

Cofield's departure leaves the Bison with junior Seth Wilson and sophomores Kobe Johnson, DJ Stewart and Saybein Clark as the most experienced returning NDSU backs. Redshirt freshman Jalen Bussey burst on the scene last year with an explosive one-game performance, but did not play against the Bears.