Mississippi State drew one step closer to naming its quarterback for the 2016 season on Friday as Elijah Staley announced his intentions to transfer.
The 6-foot-6, 249-pound sophomore southpaw was one of four signal callers competing for the starting job in the Bulldogs’ fall camp.
“After much thought, I have been granted my release and will be transferring from Mississippi State,” Staley tweeted. “I would like to thank the bulldog fans, community, and coaching staff for this opportunity the past two years. I look forward to continuing my football career at another school, and I am excited about what is in store for the future! Thanks for all your support and #Hailstate”.
Staley saw action in two games last season completing 3 of 5 passes for 51 yards and one touchdown while also rushing three times for 18 yards.
“We would like to thank Elijah for his contributions to our football team,” said MSU coach Dan Mullen. “During his time here, he has always been a hard worker and a great teammate. We wish him nothing but the best as he pursues another opportunity.”
The Marietta, Georgia native was also a member of the MSU basketball team where he also appeared in two games. He scored one point and had a rebound in eight minutes of action.
Staley’s departure leaves junior Damian Williams, sophomore Nick Fitzgerald and redshirt freshman Nick Tiano still vying for the starting quarterback job.