University of Kentucky redshirt freshman Ryan Mossakowski said Monday that he has left the Wildcats football team and will transfer to another school.
"It's official," said Mossakowski, who met with Coach Joker Phillips and the UK staff this week.
The 6-foot-4, 224-pound Mossakowski arrived at UK as a highly touted, four-star quarterback after passing for 7,433 yards and 51 touchdowns during his career at Centennial High School in Frisco, Texas.
But Mossakowski had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right (throwing) shoulder after his senior year of high school, and he redshirted as a freshman last fall.
Mossakowski was in a three-man battle for the starting job with Mike Hartline and Morgan Newton in the pre-season, but he ended up the No. 3 QB. He saw mop-up duty in three games and didn't throw a pass.
Newton was named the starter for the BBVA Compass Bowl after Hartline was suspended for disciplinary reasons, and he played every offensive snap in UK's 27-10 loss to Pittsburgh.
Mossakowski said not playing in the bowl game had no influence on his decision to leave.
"This is something I've been thinking about for a while, even before the bowl game," he said. "I talked with the coaches and they said the job would be open in the spring and I'd have a chance to compete. I just had to make the decision that I thought was best for me. I really have to go somewhere where I know there's a 100 percent chance I'd get on the field."
Mossakowski said he's fully recovered from his shoulder injury. He'll finish the spring semester at UK before enrolling at another school, but he will not participate in spring practice. Nor will he play baseball for UK, though previously he said he might.
The quarterback said he's talked with his father and high school coach about some possible destinations, but he doesn't have an official list.
Mossakowski said he leaves with no hard feelings toward UK.
"I have total respect for the coaching staff," Mossakowski said. "And I'll still be good friends with all the players. I've really enjoyed it here. I just want to be somewhere where I know I'll get on the field."