Redshirt freshman quarterback Tanner McEvoy, South Carolina’s fifth-string quarterback, is transferring, the school announced Tuesday.
McEvoy, 19, was arrested in Charlotte, N.C., last week and charged with driving after consumption and speeding. He did not attend Tuesday morning’s practice.
McEvoy, 6-foot-6, 209 pounds, came to the Gamecocks from Hillsdale, N.J. He threw for 2,264 yards and rushed for another 1,196 as a senior at Bergen Catholic High School. It was his only season at quarterback.
He was behind junior Connor Shaw, sophomore Dylan Thompson, senior Seth Strickland and junior Andrew Clifford on the quarterback depth chart, coach Steve Spurrier said Monday.
"The Gamecock coaching staff and I wish Tanner all the best, as he continues his collegiate career elsewhere,” Spurrier said in a statement released by the school.
McEvoy declined to comment on the reasons behind his transfer when reached by The State. He also declined to say where he might continue his playing career.
“I’m sorry I can’t comment on that right now,” McEvoy said.
McEvoy, considered a three-star prospect, was among the three standouts from New Jersey in the Class 2011 that included safety Sheldon Royster and receiver Damiere Byrd.
Many recruiting analysts said McEvoy had greater college potential at tight end or receiver.
Though he said he had a lot of fun playing receiver high school, at the end of spring practice he said he had no interest in playing anything but quarterback in college.
“I made the switch my senior year of high school and I made that decision with my coach, my family,” he said in April. “That’s really what I wanted to do. I knew [USC coaches] wanted me to play quarterback. I’m enjoying playing quarterback.”
In South Carolina's spring game, McEvoy was 8-of-12 for 132 yards and two touchdowns.
He becomes the seventh quarterback signed under Spurrier to leave USC.
Stephen Garcia was kicked off the team last year. Before he left, Chris Smelley transferred to Alabama to play baseball.
Tommy Beecher transferred to Liberty and Cade Thompson to Tennessee-Martin. Aramis Hillary left to play at Coastal Carolina, and Reid McCollum gave up football.