Miami Hurricanes QB Evan Shirreffs announces plan to transfer

In this 2016 photo, Evan Shirreffs (16) sets up to pass during a drill. Malik Rosier (12) and quarterbacks coach Jon Richt are behind him. (Miami Herald)

In this 2016 photo, Evan Shirreffs (16) sets up to pass during a drill. Malik Rosier (12) and quarterbacks coach Jon Richt are behind him. (Miami Herald)

[A Q&A with N’Kosi Perry]

Evan Shirreffs will not be a part of Miami’s impending quarterback battle.

Shirreffs, entering his redshirt junior season with UM, announced on Twitter on Monday his intent to transfer.

“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.”

Miami later released a statement that quoted Richt as wishing Shirreffs well.

“Evan and I talked, and he informed me that he feels his best opportunity to get the most playing time would be at another school,” Richt said in the release. “We appreciate all the hard work Evan has put in on and off the field, and we wish him all the best in his future plans.”

Shirreffs, listed at 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds, served as UM’s backup last year. While not possessing the strongest of throwing arms, he displayed enough smarts and athleticism in practices to win the No. 2 job. Freshmen N’Kosi Perry and Cade Weldon redshirted.

The lanky backup threw passes in three games, all last season, and went 2-for-7 passing for 16 yards. His final appearance in a Miami uniform came Nov. 24 at Pittsburgh, when coach Mark Richt surprisingly pulled Rosier and put Sherriffs in for one series. He went 0-for-2.

In 2015, former UM offensive coordinator James Coley made Shirreffs, a lightly recruited prospect out of Jefferson, Georgia, a post-signing day addition to the Hurricanes’ class after missing out on several other quarterbacks. Shirreffs — whose older brother, Bryant, had a fine career at UConn — was a three-star recruit.

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