Colorado quarterback Connor Wood announced he will not return for his senior season on Friday after two meetings this week with coach Mike MacIntyre.
Wood will graduate this summer with a degree in business finance and will give up the sport with one year of eligibility remaining. He did not offer any clues for why he decided not to play his senior season.
In a press release from the CU sports information office, Wood thanked his family for sticking by him through ups and downs. He also thanked former Texas coach Mack Brown for giving him his first scholarship. Wood began his career at Texas before transferring to CU prior to the 2011 season. He sat out that year under NCAA rules.
He logged playing time in seven games as a sophomore in 2012, including one start and he earned the starting job in training camp last fall and started the first five games. He was replaced at midyear by freshman Sefo Liufau, who remained the starter for the final seven games of the season and is expected to be the starter again in 2014.
"And mostly, I would like to give a special thanks to the University of Colorado football team, and coach MacIntyre for allowing me to be a member of its family for the last three years," Wood said. "Coach Mac has this program going in the right direction, and I'm excited to see the Buffaloes fight their way back to the top."
Wood leaves the CU program with one record to his name. He completed 33 of 46 passes for 400 yards and three touchdowns last season against Colorado State, guiding the Buffs to a win. He established a new CU record for passer rating with 40 or more attempts at 166.3.
Wood also played an instrumental role in re-starting the Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter on campus. It had been dormant for years before holding its first meetings last fall.
MacIntyre has seen five quarterbacks leave his program in the past nine months. CU went into spring football last March with six quarterbacks on the roster. None of the six remains on the roster now and only Jordan Webb, who was a senior last fall, completed his eligibility at CU.
MacIntyre will have only two quarterbacks on the roster this spring. Liufau and Jordan Gehrke, both sophomores, will get plenty of repetitions.
"Connor is a great young man and was a big part of our program," MacIntyre said. "He had a phenomenal game in our win over CSU in our season opener. He means a lot to our program and to our team, but he has decided to graduate and move on to other things in life."