Quinta Funderburk

Ex-‘Cuse, Arkansas WR Quinta Funderburk to give FCS a shot

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After two failed attempts at Power Five programs, Quinta Funderburk has decided to give it the old college try a third time at a much lower level of football.

On his Instagram account late this past week, Funderburk announced that he will play for Norfolk State in 2015.  As he will be both a graduate transfer and dropping down to an FCS school, the wide receiver will be able to use his final season of eligibility in 2015.

In March of this year, head coach Scott Shafer confirmed that, after talking to the player’s family, Funderburk would not be returning to his Syracuse program for the 2015 season, saying that “[h]opefully he’ll find a good opportunity somewhere.”

In May of 2012, Funderburk announced that he would be transferring from Arkansas to Syracuse.  After sitting out the 2012 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, Funderburk caught three passes for 50 yards in 2013. In 2014, he didn’t catch a pass.

As a three-star member of Razorbacks’ 2011 recruiting class, Funderburk was rated as the No. 48 receiver in the country and the No. 9 player at any position in the state of Virginia by Rivals.com.  It was announced in early May after his freshman season, in which he didn’t appear in any games, that the 6-3, 210-pound receiver was granted his release from his UA scholarship so he could be closer to his home in Virginia.

The move to the Spartans actually gets him back in his home state.

Ex-Hogs WR Quinta Funderburk transferring from ‘Cuse, too

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In May of 2012, Quinta Funderburk announced that he would be transferring from Arkansas to Syracuse. Nearly three years later, the wide receiver is on the move yet again.

According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, Funderburk has been granted a release from his SU scholarship and will transfer to an undetermined football program. His high school coach, who said potential playing time triggered the decision, confirmed the development.

He’s got his release from the school,” Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith High School head coach Richard Morgan told the Post-Standard. “He’s got one year left to play. He still wants to play, and I want him to have that moment. He was a good player for us. Hopefully we’re going to be able to find that fit.”

It doesn’t, though, sound as if it was exactly a voluntary departure as Funderburk was not afforded the opportunity to come back in 2015 by head coach Scott Shafer.

“As I talked to his family, they’re looking at different options and different schools,” Shafer said. “Hopefully he’ll find a good opportunity somewhere.”

As Funderburk will be a graduate transfer, the receiver would be eligible to play immediately in 2015 if he ends up at an FBS school. Prior to landing at Syracuse, it was thought that Funderburk might end up at Virginia, so the Cavaliers could certainly be an option this time around as well.

While loaded with potential, Funderburk’s Orange career amounted to next to nothing.

After sitting out the 2012 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, Funderburk caught three passes for 50 yards in 2013. In 2014, Funderburk did not catch a pass.

As a three-star member of Razorbacks’ 2011 recruiting class, Funderburk was rated as the No. 48 receiver in the country and the No. 9 player at any position in the state of Virginia by Rivals.com.  It was announced in early May after his freshman season that the 6-2, 210-pound receiver was granted his release from his UA scholarship so he could be closer to his home in Virginia.

Tuesday afternoon one-liners

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Meandering our way through the offseason, a single one-liner at a time…

— Oregon has paid $208,991 to the law firm investigating possible NCAA violations.

Butch Jones says his Tennessee players are being “transformed” during the “voluntary” summer conditioning program.

— Details of Colorado defensive coordinator Kent Baer‘s contract have been released.

— Penn State running back Zach Zwinak is emerging as a force in the Big Ten.

Detroit Free Press: Mark Dantonio is looking forward to some down time to be a “regular person.”

— Because he needed to focus on academics this spring, wide receiver Quinta Funderburk, a transfer from Arkansas, is currently buried on Syracuse’s depth chart.

Deseret News: Partnership with ESPN is critical to BYU’s scheduling efforts as an independent.

— Quarterback Gary Nova says the results will do the talking for Rutgers’ offense in 2013.

— Led by quarterback Nick Marshall, there are now 20 football newcomers on Auburn’s campus.

— Northern Illinois backup quarterback Matt Williams shaking off the stick-and-ball rust.

— After it dipped in 2012, San Diego State is hoping it sees a spike in attendance this season.

— Memphis head coach Justin Fuente recorded his first career hole-in-one and I hate you Justin Fuente.

— The Patriot-News says Penn State is shifting its recruiting focus to hybrid players.