With Akron’s spring game less than three weeks away, it appears the Zips will have one less quarterback taking snaps under new coach Terry Bowden.
Former starter Patrick Nicely confirmed to the News-Herald that he has been granted release from the UA football program with the intent to transfer, but will stay on scholarship through the end of the academic school year.
The decision, Nicely said, was based on playing time.
“I made my decision after our scrimmage on Saturday. I didn’t get as many reps as I thought I should have,” said Nicely. “I wasn’t told anything, but I got the feeling I wasn’t going to get a shot (to start).
“I talked to my family, and I thought if I’m not going to get a legitimate shot to get my job back, I feel I’m a good enough player to help out another school.”
Nicely has 19 starts to his name with the Zips beginning in 2009 as a true freshman when injuries pushed him up the depth chart. However, the senior-to-be lost his job in 2011 and threw for only 256 yards, two touchdowns and as many interceptions.
It’s not clear yet to where Nicely will transfer, but he would have to satisfy regular NCAA transfer rules when he does move on.
“We wish (Nicely) the best of luck and are thankful for all that he has done for the program,” Bowden said in a statement courtesy of the paper.