CORAL GABLES — UM announced Thursday that quarterback Vincent Testaverde has decided to leave the program.
“Vincent approached me this morning and indicated that he felt like he would have more opportunities for playing time at another program,” Mark Richt said in statement released by UM. “We wish him all the best in his future plans.”
Testaverde, a walk-on from Tampa, did not play in Thursday’s scrimmage, the third and final of camp. He didn’t play last year after redshirting in 2015. He is the son of former UM All-American quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde.
Though he didn’t play for UM, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound redshirt junior impressed Richt, who was once a teammate of Vinny Testaverde. In speaking Tuesday about the lead-up to Malik Rosier winning the starting job, Richt said the younger Testaverde was at one point the best reserve he had behind Brad Kaaya, who is now with the NFL’s Detroit Lions.
“Last year, trying to decide who No. 2 was, that thing changed about three times throughout the season,” Richt said. “Who’s number two? There were times it was [Vincent] Testaverde. There were times it was Evan [Shirreffs]. I don’t know if it was Jack [Allison] at any one time or not, but that thing changed a little bit based on what you do on a daily basis.”
Richt also said he didn’t expect reserve quarterbacks to transfer.
“Everybody has to make choices in life,” he said. “But I’d be shocked if [Shirreffs, the No. 2 guy] did that, or any of them. I’d be shocked. They all know they’re learning, they all know they’re growing, they all know they’re getting better.
“They understand there’s competition everywhere you go. You can go somewhere for greener grass, well guess what? They got a bunch of dudes there too. They know the system. You’re going to be behind the 8-ball if you go somewhere else. I’d be very surprised.”
Testaverde joins Allison as the second UM quarterback to leave the program since the end of spring ball. Allison, a former four-star recruit, landed at West Virginia.
Testaverde’s lone game action came at Texas Tech. He entered in the second quarter of a Nov. 1, 2014 game against Texas when freshman starter Patrick Mahomes was hurt, and went 15-of-26 for 116 yards and an interception.
After that season he transferred to UM, where wore his father’s retired No. 14 jersey.
Vinny Testaverde, 53, a UM trustee who played 21 years in the NFL, was part of the small committee that hired Richt, his former Canes teammate, in Dec. 2015. He lives in Tampa.