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QB Hirschman To Leave Colorado Buffaloes

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Quarterback Nick Hirschman decided to leave CU after receiving no assurances of the starting role exiting spring practice. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images.
Quarterback Nick Hirschman decided to leave CU after receiving no assurances of the starting role exiting spring practice. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images.

The once cloudy Colorado Buffaloes starting quarterback situation cleared up drastically Friday when Nick Hirschman announced that he’ll be leaving the school.

The junior will forego his final two years of eligibility in lieu of a fresh start. Hirschman will graduate next month with a B.A. in communications — doing so in three years. Under NCAA rules, he’ll be eligible to transfer immediately without having to sit out a season.

Said Hirschman via Twitter:

“Wednesday I decided to move on from CU and continue my graduate education and football career elsewhere.

“I loved my time here and the relationships I’ve had with my fellow teammates. I wouldn’t trade for anything.

“Part of me will always be a Buff and thank you to Buffnation for all the support.”

Under the terms of his release from his scholarship, the Buffs will allow the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Hirschman to transfer to any school other than a Pac-12 program or one of CU’s 2013 or 2014 opponents.

Hirschman passed for 589 yards with two touchdowns and seven interceptions as a sophomore last season.

“We hate to lose him,” said Buffs’ head coach Mike MacIntrye via the school’s website CUBuffs.com. “But we do wish him the best.”

After the dust settled this spring, Hirschman found himself tied atop the Buffs’ crowded quarterback corps with junior Connor Wood.

His departure, coupled with the season-ending ACL tear of last year’s starter senior Jordan Webb, still leaves a bit of a logjam at quarterback in Boulder.

Wood tossed for 196 yards and an 85-yard touchdown to Paul Richardson in the Spring Black and Gold game. But he was outdone by the Los Gatos, Calif., native, who led back-to-back scoring drives on the game’s final two drives to seal a come-from-behind win for the Black squad.

That leaves Wood (265 yards and a touchdown in 2012) to compete against redshirt freshman Shane Dillon, sophomores Stevie Joe Dorman and John Schrock, as well as incoming three-star freshman Sefo Liufau for the starting job when the Buffaloes reconvene in the fall. Neither Dillon nor Dorman impressed in the spring game, especially Dillon, who was consider by many to challenge for the starting role.