STORRS, Conn. (WTNH)–Former North Carolina State quarterback Bryant Shirreffs has decided to transfer to UConn and will enroll for the fall semester.
Shirreffs will not be able to play in the upcoming season due to NCAA transfer rules, but he will have three years of eligibility as a Husky starting in the 2015 season.
Shirreffs stands at 6’3 and weighs in at 223 lbs. He played in nine games for the Wolfpack in 2013, throwing their first touchdown of the season. He expects to be in competition for the starting job when he’s eligible against Casey Cochran, Tim Boyle, and recently committed 2015 quarterback Tyler Davis.
A scholarship spot opened up for Shirreffs after former UConn quarterback Kivon Taylor announced that he would be transferring.
“Just looking at where the program was headed and me personally as a player with the new system being put in place (at NC State), I felt like I could have better opportunities someplace else, and UConn popped up,” Shirreffs told the Hartford Courant. “It just seems like a perfect opportunity right now.”
Despite changing over from the ACC to the AAC, Shirreffs isn’t worried about UConn’s current position.
“The American is a good conference if you really look at it,” Shirreffs told the Courant. “There are some really good teams in it, but I just think UConn is in a great location and with the new coaching staff, as a program, within the next couple years we’ll make a run in the conference.”
Shirreffs was a member of the ACC all-academic team. He chose UConn over other offers from Middle Tennessee State, Temple, Yale, Western Kentucky, and Pennsylvania.