The East Carolina Pirates are generally a competitor in their respective conference every year, but after going 5-7 in 2015, they moved on to new head coach Scottie Montgomery. Now it looks like they will be moving on with a new quarterback after Kurt Benkert decided to pursue a graduate transfer.
It was reported after the conclusion of spring practices that Benkert would be leaving the team to transfer and continue his career. It was reported via Twitter by Stephen Igoe of 247Sports.
BREAKING: Kurt Benkert to transfer from #ECU.
— Stephen Igoe (@StephenIgoe) April 25, 2016
Benkert won the starting job for the Pirates in preseason camp last year, but he injured his knee and missed the entire 2015 season. He played three games as a redshirt freshman in 2014 and threw for 58 yards and an interception and rushed for 23 yards and two touchdowns.
Kurt Benkert should have at least two years of eligibility left beginning this fall and would be able to play immediately as a graduate transfer. He will also likely seek a medical waiver for missing the 2015 season and add on an extra year of eligibility, if he chooses to play that much longer.
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