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Quarterback Mike White to Transfer At End of Semester

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The quarterback will head elsewhere after this semester at USF following 15 starts in green and gold.

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From USF's official release:

Rising junior quarterback Mike White (Fort Lauderdale) has been granted a release to transfer from the USF football program, Head Coach Willie Taggart announced Tuesday.

"Mike and I talked after the conclusion of spring practice, and he expressed his desire to pursue the remainder of his career at another school," Taggart said. "We wish Mike all the best in his future and thank him for his contributions to our program and University."

White, who logged 15 starts in his first two seasons at USF, was engaged in a close quarterback competition during the spring with senior Steven Bench (Bainbridge, Ga.) and sophomore Quinton Flowers (Miami), who both started games in 2014.

To say this was a shock would be overstating things. When he was the third quarterback to enter the Spring Game on Saturday, it seemed to be a preview of the depth chart as things stood. And if the Bulls are going to emphasize more of a spread offense with lots of zone reads, frankly that's not a skill where White would thrive.

He still has three years left to play two seasons since he never redshirted and played as a true freshman, finally seeing the field more than halfway through the 2013 season (a decision many of us questioned at the time).

In 2014 White was 122 of 242 for 1639 yards with 8 TD's and 7 INT's behind an offensive line that could politely be described as under-talented. But there's a role for him in college football somewhere. Someone is going to get a pocket passer with a good arm, and by all accounts a nice kid to boot.

We'll be rooting for him, and wouldn't be surprised at all if he made a great contribution to another team before his football career ends.

And hey Mike: since you've got to finish the semester at USF anyway, there's a baseball team that's 20-8 and #29 in the RPI that absolutely needs another arm right now. You were a very draftable prospect coming out of high school. Wanna cross the street and finish 2015 as the Sunday starter??