Earlier today, Mississippi State sophomore quarterback Elijah Staley announced his decision to transfer to another program, removing himself from a position battle with three other players.

Coach Dan Mullen quickly released a statement regarding the move:

“We would like to thank Elijah for his contributions to our football team,” Mullen said. “During his time here, he has always been a hard worker and a great teammate. We wish him nothing but the best as he pursues another opportunity.”

Staley (6-foot-6, 240 pounds) is a former three-star prospect from the 2014 recruiting class, where he served as the nation’s No. 28-ranked dual-threat quarterback. Though he clearly had some things to work on with his passing mechanics, he did finish with 36 completions for 428 yards during Mississippi State’s first two scrimmages and the spring game, which were the most by any State quarterback.

The competition for right under center is now between Nick Fitzgerald, Nick Tiano and Damian Williams.