Junior quarterback Nick Hirschman has announced his intention to transfer from the Buffaloes this summer moments ago on Twitter. I heard rumors this morning that this announcement could be coming but the circumstances around the quarterback made it somewhat hard to believe. Nick has laid those doubts to rest.
Wednesday I decided to move on from CU and continue my graduate education and football career elsewhere.— Nick Hirschman(@NickHirschman) April 19, 2013
I loved my time here and the relationships I've had with my fellow teammates I wouldn't trade for anything.— Nick Hirschman(@NickHirschman) April 19, 2013
Part of me will always be a Buff and thank you to Buffnation for all the support.— Nick Hirschman(@NickHirschman) April 19, 2013
This move leaves Connor Wood as the clear No. 1 at the position and as an offensive leader heading into the summer. Experience behind Wood is now non-existent, with redshirt freshman Shane Dillon, John Shrock and Stevie Joe Dorman being joined by incoming freshman Sefo Liufau this summer.
Good luck to Nick, where ever he may end up.
**Update with quotes** - 4:16 p.m.
"I felt at this time that it has been three years, a great three years, but with no decision made at the end of spring ball, it was personal choice that it was time for me to move on," Hirschman said. "I am hoping for the best for each and every teammate, and each and every coach. It's been a wonderful experience here, I'm still really happy about my choice to come to Colorado and I made a lot of good friends here. I will never regret my decision coming out of high school to become a Buff and I'm hoping everything will work out for everyone."
Hirschman, who announced his decision to transfer midday Friday on Twitter, also said, "I am definitely looking to continue my football career where I can earn my graduate degree." He said he is at looking at something else in the communications field or in business and marketing.
MacIntyre said Hirschman and Wood, "were tied at number one on the depth chart and were set to continue their competition into fall drills. "Nick's a phenomenal young man, a great team player, and I was looking forward to watching him mature this fall and to see how he would do in the battle for starting quarterback job.
"We hate to lose him, but we do wish him the best." MacIntyre granted him a release from his scholarship to all schools other than any other Pac-12 Conference school or an opponent on CU's 2013 or 2014 schedules.