Miami Hurricanes backup quarterback Evan Shirreffs announced Monday on Twitter that he will transfer out of the program.
Shirreffs, who just finished his redshirt sophomore season with the Hurricanes but finished his undergraduate degree at the university, served as Miami’s backup for the entire season behind starter Malik Rosier. He played in three games — against Bethune-Cookman, North Carolina and Pittsburgh — completing 2 of 7 passes for 16 yards.
“I want to thank Coach [Mark] Richt, the staff, and my teammates for an incredible 3 years at the University of Miami,” Shirreffs wrote. “I have decided to seek opportunities as a graduate transfer for my final 2 years of eligibility.”
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Shirreffs, a former three-star prospect out of Jefferson, Georgia, committed to the Hurricanes in February 2015, eight months before Al Golden was fired.
The 6-foot-5, 216-pound quarterback did not see the field during his true freshman season in 2015 and played in one series of the 2016 season opener against Florida A&M as a redshirt freshman. And then he attempted just those seven pass attempts in Year 3, which will be his final year at Miami as he pursues playing time elsewhere.
Opportunities for playing time likely weren’t going to get easier next season if he stayed at Miami. The Hurricanes, fresh off a 10-3 season and an Orange Bowl berth, return Rosier, redshirt freshmen N’Kosi Perry and Cade Weldon, and have early enrollee Jarren Williams in the quarterback room for the 2018 season.
Shirreffs is the latest player to leave the Miami program, joining a list that includes defensive linemen DJ Johnson and Ryan Fines as well as linebackers Darrion Owens and Jamie Gordinier. That list doesn’t include the Hurricanes’ three early entrants for the NFL Draft in running back Mark Walton and defensive linemen R.J. McIntosh and Kendrick Norton.
As a graduate transfer, Shirreffs will not have to sit out the 2018 season.