Mississippi State’s quarterback competition was just reduced by one.
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Elijah Staley announced his intentions to transfer on Friday via Twitter.
“After much thought, I have been granted my release and will be transferring from Mississippi State,” Staley tweeted. “I would like to thank the bulldog fans, community, and coaching staff for this opportunity the past two years. I look forward to continuing my football career at another school, and I am excited about what is in store for the future! Thanks for all your support and #Hailstate.”
Staley was one of four quarterbacks entrenched in the battle for Mississippi State’s starting job along with junior Damian Williams, sophomore Nick Fitzgerald, sophomore and redshirt freshman Nick Tiano.
He came to the Bulldogs as part of the 2014 class from Wheeler High School (Marietta, Ga.) where he was ranked as the nation’s No. 28 dual-threat quarterback and the state of Georgia’s No. 95 overall prospect, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
He finishes his Mississippi State career with 51 passing yards and a touchdown.
“We would like to thank Elijah for his contributions to our football team,” Coach Dan Mullen said in a press release. “During his time here, he has always been a hard worker and a great teammate. We wish him nothing but the best as he pursues another opportunity.”