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Ex-four-star WR Jamil Kamara latest Cavalier to leave UVa.

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For the fifth time since the end of the 2014 season, a Virginia Cavalier has decided to continue his collegiate playing career elsewhere.

In a missive posted to his Twitter account Friday, Jamil Kamara announced that he has decided to transfer out of Mike London‘s football program.  According to the wide receiver, he received a release from his UVa. scholarship the same day he announced his impending departure.

What if any restrictions were placed on potential transfer destinations weren’t revealed.

If Kamara transfers to another FBS program, he’d be forced to sit out the 2015 season.  He’d then have three years of eligibility remaining.  A transfer to an FCS program would mean immediate eligibility to go along with three seasons of eligibility as well as a redshirt year.

Based on his recruiting pedigree, though, Kamara might garner some interest from the highest levels of the FBS.

A four-star member of the Cavaliers’ 2014 recruiting class, Kamara was rated as the No. 17 receiver in the country; the No. 6 player in the state of Virginia; and the No. 123 prospect overall according to Rivals.com.  Kamara was the highest-rated offensive signee in that year’s class for UVa., and only two defensive players — both five-stars — carried a higher ranking overall.

As a true freshman last season, Kamara played in five games.  His lone catch of the season, good for six yards, came in the opener against Richmond.  The 6-2, 210-pound receiver was listed as a No. 2 receiver on the post-spring depth chart.

In addition to Kamara, quarterback Greyson Lambert (will visit Georgia and Florida), quarterback David Watford (FCS-bound), quarterback Corwin “Turtle” Cutler and wide receiver Dominique Terrell all announced plans to transfer. Cutler, who announced a departure earlier this month, eventually decided to remain at UVa.

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Granted UVa. release, Greyson Lambert to transfer from Hoos

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Well this is certainly at least a somewhat mildly unexpected development.

The high school coach of Greyson Lambert confirmed to 247Sports.com that his former player asked for and has been granted a release from his Virginia scholarship.  Lambert’s intention is to transfer to another FBS program.

The player subsequently took to his personal Twitter account to confirm the transfer news, thanking pretty much everyone connected to the football program on his way out the door.

Lambert will graduate from UVa. later next month, and will thus be eligible to play immediately in 2015.  He will actually have two years of eligibility remaining, meaning any school that lands him wouldn’t be getting the normal one-and-done grad transfer.

The coach, Jody Grooms, stated that Colorado State has already reached out to him expressing an interest in the quarterback.

Last season, Lambert started nine of the Cavaliers’ 12 games.  He threw more interceptions (11) than touchdowns (10) while completing just under 60 percent of his 261 passes.  That performance, as well as their collective performances in the spring, allowed Matt Johns to wrest control of the starting job exiting those 15 sessions.

The fact that he had lost, rather decisively, the starting job was likely the tipping point in Lambert’s decision — as well as how his coach framed the fight for the job.

It wasn’t close,” head coach Mike London said in late April of the competition. “If it was close we’d still be talking about going into August camp with two guys fighting for the same position. Matt clearly did what he was supposed to do and led our team in a way that we think the quarterback should be able to play to make us successful.”

Lambert also becomes the second quarterback who started games for the Hoos in 2014 to leave the program since the end of the 2014 season.  David Watford, who started one game last year, announced in early December that he’d be leaving the Cavaliers, ultimately ending up at FCS-level Hampton.

Additionally, Corwin “Turtle” Cutler announced on Twitter late this past week that he too would be transferring.  The quarterback, a three-star member of the Cavaliers 2013 recruiting class, took a redshirt as a freshman last season after spending a year at a prep school getting his academic house in order.

Ex-Virginia QB, former Cincinnati WR now at FCS Hampton

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A month and a half after leaving Virginia, David Watford has a new football home.

Watford, Hampton University announced and as previously reported, is one of seven early enrollees at the FCS program.  The Daily Press writes that head coach ConnellMaynor said that the starting quarterback position is, essentially, Watford’s to lose, though he expects competition there and throughout the roster.”

Watford, who will be eligible to play immediately in 2015, certainly comes to Hampton with a significant amount of experience.

Watford started all 12 games last season for the Cavaliers in 2013, but wasn’t exactly the definition of successful or productive. Watford finished that year 102nd in the country in passing efficiency while his 15 interceptions were the most in the ACC. As a redshirt sophomore, he barely completed 50 percent of his passes and tossed just eight touchdowns for good measure for the 2-10 Cavaliers.

He lost his starting job to Greyson Lambert during spring practice and ultimately fell to No. 3 on the depth chart. Watford played in just four games this season and attempted four passes.

In addition to Watford, Hampton announced the signing of former Cincinnati wide receiver Shakim Alonzo. Alonzo, a two-star member of the Bearcats’ 2012 recruiting class who redshirted his true freshman season, caught three passes in 2013 and none in 2014.

QB David Watford transferring from Virginia

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It’s not just the season for the coaching carousel to spin; the transfer train’s chugging along as well.

In a text message Tuesday night, Virginia head coach Mike London confirmed to the Washington Post that quarterback David Watford has decided to transfer out of the UVa. football program.  As Watford will graduate this month, he can transfer to an FBS school and be eligible to play immediately in 2015.

Watford told the Newport News Daily Press that he’d like to make a decision on a new football home in the next month or so.

I’ve got to look out for my best interests at the end of the day,” Watford said. “Not saying U.Va. wasn’t the place where I wanted to finish my time, but I’m just trying to pursue my childhood dream. I want to play as much as possible, and still get to the NFL and have an opportunity to play at the next level, as well.”

Watford started all 12 games last season for the Cavaliers in 2013, but wasn’t exactly the definition of successful or productive. Watford finished that year 102nd in the country in passing efficiency while his 15 interceptions were the most in the ACC. As a redshirt sophomore, he barely completed 50 percent of his passes and tossed just eight touchdowns for good measure for the 2-10 Cavaliers.

He lost his starting job to Greyson Lambert during spring practice and ultimately fell to No. 3 on the depth chart. Watford played in just four games this season and attempted four passes.

Virginia moving on from David Watford at QB

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Coming off one of the worst seasons in the football program’s history, one of the biggest jobs for Mike London — who will be among the handful of coaches on the hot seat entering 2014 — was finding a starting quarterback exiting spring practice.

On that front, it appears to be mission accomplished.

On the Cavaliers’ post-spring depth chart released by the school Monday, Greyson Lambert was listed as the Hoos’ No. 1 quarterback.  David Watford, the starter for the woeful 2013 season, was listed as Lambert’s backup.

After working with the first-team offense during the spring game, the anointing of Lambert was far from unexpected.

I don’t think it’s a huge surprise how things worked out,” London said of the spring-long quarterback competition. “Greyson did a very good job with his on the field performance, his off the field performance, the things we’ve asked him to do. He’s done them and he put himself in position to come out of the spring as the guy being named as the starter at this point.”

Last season, Watford finished 102nd in the country in passing efficiency — the NCAA’s official stats website only lists 104 quarterbacks — while his 15 interceptions were the most in the ACC.  As a redshirt sophomore, he barely completed 50 percent of his passes and tossed just eight touchdowns for good measure in starting every game for the 2-10 Cavaliers.

In limited time last season, Lambert didn’t exactly stand out as the sophomore completed 33-of-75 pass attempts for 340 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Lambert played in a total of seven of UVa.’s 12 games in 2013, the first games of his collegiate career.