OXFORD – Ole Miss quarterback Ryan Buchanan has decided to give up football.
Buchanan, who would be a junior in eligibility in 2016, told The Ole Miss Spirit he gave consideration to transferring to continue to play but instead will remain at Ole Miss.
Buchanan said he reached the decision “a few months ago” and shared it with Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze several weeks ago.
Buchanan played high school football at Jackson Prep. At Ole Miss, he was part of a three-player competition for the starting job with Chad Kelly and DeVante Kincade prior to the 2015 season.
Kincade has also transferred.
Buchanan’s departure leaves Ole Miss with three scholarship quarterbacks: Kelly, redshirt freshman Jason Pellerin and true freshman Shea Patterson. Patterson is part of the 2016 signing class but has already enrolled and will go through spring drills. Walk-on Drew Davis is also on the roster.
Buchanan appeared in 13 games last season, mostly as the holder, and completed 8-of-13 passes for 96 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.