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Former Clemson QB Zerrick Cooper Announces Transfer Destination

Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after a ruling on the field during their game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Clemson Memorial Stadium.

CLEMSON, SC - NOVEMBER 14: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after a ruling on the field during their game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Clemson Memorial Stadium on November 14, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The former Clemson quarterback has a new home.

Clemson has a stacked quarterback room heading into the 2018 season. Too stacked for one of the quarterbacks.

Last weekend the Tigers announced one of its quarterbacks is transferring from the program. Zerrick Cooper, who saw playing time during the 2017 season, announced his plans to leave the Tigers.

Cooper served as one of the two main back-ups to starter Kelly Bryant this fall. He was 25-for-41 for 256 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Despite seeing the field in 2017, Cooper would likely have to fight for the role as the team's No. 3 quarterback in 2018. Clemson brings back Kelly Bryant and former 5-star recruit Hunter Johnson.

The team also added a top recruit from the 2018 class as well. 5-star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the No. 1 quarterback in 247Sports' recruiting rankings, joins the Tigers this season.

Lawrence is the highest-rated quarterback in the history of 247Sports' rankings. The competition facing him in 2018 must have been too much for Cooper.

On Tuesday night Cooper announced his destination. He's headed to Jacksonville State.

Jacksonville State is an FCS program, thus he'll be able to play immediately. The Gamecocks, not to be confused with South Carolina, made the FCS playoffs this year.

Cooper should fight for the starting role. The No. 7 dual-threat quarterback from the 2016 class could be making a playoff appearance next season, but with a new team...in a different playoff.