Connor Mitch to transfer from South Carolina

The South Carolina Gamecocks will be entering the 2016 college football season without the man who was their starting quarterback in the season-opener a year ago, Connor Mitch.

This week, it was announced that Mitch intends to transfer from the South Carolina Gamecocks program for his final year of eligibility.

Mitch met with new head coach Will Muschamp before making a final decision.

“Connor and I spoke today,” Muschamp said in a press release. “Connor has the opportunity to graduate from South Carolina this summer and will look to continue his playing career at another university in the fall. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

Mitch’s time as the Gamecocks start came to an end after suffering multiple injuries early in the year. This spring, he competed with freshman Brandon McIlwain, sophomore Lorenzo Nunez and senior Perry Orth for the starting job. The freshman is currently viewed as the front-runner to lead South Carolina onto the field in 2016.

As for Mitch, he will begin looking for a new home later this summer.

“I have enjoyed my time at South Carolina and will graduate later this summer,” said Mitch. “I believe it’s in my best interest to continue my playing career at another school. I’d like to thank all the Gamecock fans for their support during my time in Columbia.”

As a graduate transfer, Mitch will be eligible to play wherever he lands.

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