With Colorado State set to commence its second spring practice under head coach Jim McElwain, the Rams have seen the quarterback position take a hit in both depth and experience.
At his pre-spring press conference Monday, McElwain confirmed that Conner Smith has decided to leave the football program and transfer to another school. To where the Texas native is headed is unknown at this point.
Barring an unexpected waiver, Smith would be forced to sit out the 2014 season if he ends up at another FBS program. He would then have one season of eligibility remaining in 2015.
“I’m excited for him, and we’ll give him as much support as we can in whatever he wants to do, and he’s done some really good things,” McElwain said according to The Coloradoan.
Smith started four games in place of an injured Garrett Grayson in 2012. He lost the quarterback competition last year to Grayson, who went on to set a school record for passing yards (3,696).
Smith was a three-star member of CSU’s 2011 recruiting class coming out of high school in Richmond, Tex. The only other offer he held heading into that final recruiting cycle was from UTEP.
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