University of Virginia quarterback David Watford has been granted his release from the football program and will transfer after a disappointing 2014 season. Head coach Mike London, who recently learned he would be staying on board, confirmed the news Washington Post via text.
Watford was a major part of the team’s horrible 2-10 season during the 2013 campaign starting all 12 games for the Cavaliers and showing major signs of inconsistency in the process. As a redshirt sophomore, Watford threw almost twice as many interceptions (15)- most in the ACC- to just eight touchdowns.
Still, he began spring practices as the team’s starting quarterback, but quickly lost his spot to Greyson Lambert before dropping as low as third on the depth chart. Nonetheless, Watford believes he has a lot left in his playing career and told the Newport News Daily Press he hopes to select a school in the next month.
“I’ve got to look out for my best interests at the end of the day,” Watford said. “Not saying UVA wasn’t the place where I wanted to finish my time, but I’m just trying to pursue my childhood dream. I want to play as much as possible, and still get to the NFL and have an opportunity to play at the next level, as well.”
It remains unclear which school will be the ideal fit for Watford, but many teams are in need of a starting quarterback, and should be in the running for Watford’s services. Watford still believes he has a strong future in the NFL and hopes whichever team he so chooses will allow him to reach his ultimate goals of playing professional football.
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