Ole Miss backup quarterback Ryan Buchanan has left the football program and quit football, according to Chuck Rounsaville of the Ole Miss Spirit.
“I came to the conclusion a few months ago that football would not be my future and it was time to start applying myself 100% to my future,” Buchanan told Rounsaville. “It’s time for me to find my passion beyond football.”
Buchanan entered Ole Miss as a four-star prospect and was a part of the Rebels’ highly touted 2013 recruiting class. But when Ole Miss signed Chad Kelly from East Mississippi Community College in December 2014, the path to the Rebels’ starting job got significantly harder.
With Kelly returning for his senior year in 2016 and the nation’s top quarterback in the recruiting Class of 2016 in Shea Patterson now enrolled at Ole Miss, the chances of Buchanan ever winning the starting job were getting longer.
The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder was 20 of 35 for 171 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions during limited action over the past two seasons.
Buchanan, a Jackson, Miss., native, will stay at Ole Miss, according to the report, and concentrate on finishing his degree in managerial finance in Spring 2017.
The only other quarterback to throw a pass last season besides Kelly and Buchanan, was sophomore DeVante Kincade, who announced his intention to transfer from the program in December. That leaves Kelly, Patterson and redshirt freshman Jason Pellerin as the only scholarship quarterbacks currently on the roster.