On Monday, Sam Houston State running back Remus Bulmer — one of the top returning career rushers in the FCS — reached out to HERO Sports and said he is going to sit out the rest of 2018 and will take his redshirt this year, then look to play his senior season elsewhere in 2019.
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The back had been a consistent contributor from 2015 until this weekend, making a name for himself as a true freshman when he went for 100-plus rushing yards in a playoff win over that year's Big Sky Champion — Southern Utah. He followed that up with an All Southland Conference season as a sophomore in 2016, leading the Bearkats in rushing.
"It was just mainly a personal decision for my future, I just felt it would be better for my future to sit it out and get an opportunity to show what I can actually do," Bulmer told HERO Sports Monday night. "After three games, it has zero things to do with the outcomes of the games whether we lost or won. I just feel like I can contribute more as a senior. It just seems like I'm playing less this year than previous years. I've never been a selfish player, I know I can help more. I can do that … I've led the conference one year (sophomore year)."
HERO Sports reached out to Sam Houston State for comment and Ben Rikard — Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations — said the program has a policy of not commenting on players who have left the team, but did confirm Bulmer is no longer on the roster.
Even while sharing the backfield with talented RB Corey Avery and two-time Walter Payton Award winner and QB Jeremiah Briscoe, Bulmer still shone through in years past and looked to be a prominent part of the Bearkats' offense in 2018 as it broke in its first new quarterback (Mike Dare) in three years.
But the past two weeks — both being losses to North Dakota and Nicholls — Bulmer has had five and eight carries respectively and sophomore Kyran Jackson currently leads the team in rushing. With the new redshirting rule — which allows a player to participate in up to four games without losing a year of eligibility, Bulmer can sit out the remainder of 2018 and have a fresh start in 2019 since he never redshirted before. Players from Oklahoma State also announced today they would use this rule to transfer.
Bulmer has a 3.2 GPA and will graduate in December and already has head coach K.C. Keeler's approval to contact other schools and be contacted — but the release won't allow him to play in the Southland Conference next year, he told HERO Sports. With the early signing period in place in December, Bulmer could know his future school within three months.
"I went up there and talked to my RB coach (Zach Patterson) and he let me know how he felt about the situation," Bulmer said. "(Patterson) understood me and he's here for me and then I went to talk to (head) Coach (K.C.) Keeler."
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