QB Brindise released, poised to transfer

July 28, 2010 

(Tuesday -- 03/30/2010 -- Columbia, S.C. - USC quarterback No. 17 Zac Brindise, right, takes a stance to throw during practice while quarterbacks No. 12 Andrew Clifford and No. 5 Stephen Garcia await their turn to throw during the drills. USC football spring football practice continued at the Bluff Road football practice fields in Columbia, S.C., on Tuesday, March 30, 2010. The Gamecocks continue to prepare for the spring game on April 10. Photograph by Rich Glickstein/rglickstein@thestate.com

THE STATE

Backup quarterback Zac Brindise has been granted his scholarship release and is expected to transfer to Western Carolina.

Brindise visited the Football Championship Subdivision school in Cullowhee, N.C., on Wednesday, according to his brother, Noah Brindise.

Brindise, who had been passed by freshman Connor Shaw as the backup to starter Stephen Garcia, would join Reid McCollum and Aramis Hillary as the third quarterback to leave the program this offseason.

Quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus said Brindise wants to go to a school that will offer him more playing time.

Reserve defensive tackle Ronald Byrd also could be on his way out. Defensive line coach Brad Lawing said Byrd is in danger of losing his roster spot. The redshirt freshman from LaGrange, Ga., has yet to take a snap at USC.

“He’s not doing everything he’s supposed to do,” Lawing said. “We’re not going to mess around with that.”

-- Joseph Person

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