Quarterback Johnny McCrary transferred from Vanderbilt and will look to finish his collegiate career in the FCS with the Mercer Bears.
“We are excited to officially welcome Johnny to the Mercer football family,” Coach Bobby Lamb said in an announcement of McCrary’s transfer on Monday. “He is an outstanding young man both on and off the field and brings a wealth of experience and talent to our program.”
McCrary was a former U.S. Army All-American and joined Vanderbilt as the No. 16 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2012, according to the 247 Sports Composite rankings. He showed potential early in his career with the Commodores, starting five games in his redshirt freshman season and earning SEC Freshman of the Week honors with a five-touchdown performance against Old Dominion.
While he started seven more games as a redshirt sophomore, McCrary was eventually passed up on the depth chart by freshman Kyle Shurmur, who appears to now have a strong grasp on the Vanderbilt starting job.
With two years of eligibility remaining, the 6-foot-4 quarterback joins a team that finished 5-6 in 2015. McCrary finished his Vanderbilt career with 2,518 passing yards, 15 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.