Ole Miss quarterback Ryan Buchanan had found it difficult to get himself onto the field while in Oxford, redshirting in 2013, sitting behind Bo Wallace in 2014 and then losing the battle for the top job to Chad Kelly this past season. And with 2015 Elite 11 MVP Shea Patterson coming to campus for next season, it doesn’t seem the competition will let up.
Though instead of opting to transfer to another school in search of playing time, the redshirt junior is instead leaving football entirely to focus on his academics. He explained his decision to Scout’s Chuck Rounsaville.
“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,” he continued. “It’s time for me to find my passion beyond football.
“The reason I got up at 5:30 a.m. four days a week for three years was to play football at Ole Miss. I would not take that kind of dedication with me anywhere else.”
A managerical finance major, Buchanan stated that his goal is to achieve a 4.0 GPA now that he will no longer be on the team. Whatever your opinion may be, you have to say it’s good to see a student athlete make being an athlete a priority.
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