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Texas QB Matthew Merrick Leaves Program To Focus On Academics

The Longhorns lost a quarterback today.

Reports surfaced last week stating that former LSU starting quarterback Brandon Harris was considering the Longhorns among the schools he could transfer to. Well, after today's news, the Texas might need Harris after all.

Redshirt sophomore Matthew Merrick announced he is giving up football to focus on academics.

Merrick released a statement about the news:

“I had a great talk with Coach [Tim] Beck, who was willing to help me with whatever I decided to do. After discussing it with my family, I’ve decided to step away from the football team and focus on my academics at UT. If an opportunity were to present itself in the future, that’s something that I would consider, but for now, I believe it’s best to strengthen my academics as much as possible.

I want to thank all my teammates, the staff, Coach Beck and Coach [Tom] Herman for their support, and I appreciate all the relationships I’ve built during my time with the team. I’ll always consider myself a Longhorn and will be rooting for them in the future.”

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound quarterback has yet to appear in a game for the Longhorns during his two years with the team. 247Sports ranked Merrick as the No. 56 pro-style quarterback in the 2015 recruiting class.