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CLEMSON FOOTBALL: Quarterback Zerrick Cooper transferring

January 19, 2018 GMT

CLEMSON — The quarterback room at Clemson just became a little less crowded as quarterback Zerrick Cooper announced Friday that he would be transferring out of the program.

In a statement released by the university via Twitter, Cooper stated:

“Thank you to Coach Swinney, the Clemson staff & the best fans in college football for an incredible two years. The memories & relationships I have built with my teammates will be truly unforgettable.

“I will miss playing playing in the orange & purple. However, after much prayer & talking with my family, I have decided to transfer from Clemson University.

“This is no reflection on the Clemson family but rather a direct reflection of my drive to lead, play & compete. Orange and Purple will always be in my heart. Go Tigers. Zerrick Cooper.”

Cooper began last season as the backup to Kelly Bryant but lost the backup job to true freshman Hunter Johnson in the last half of the season.

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Cooper finished his Clemson career with 256 yards passing and two touchdowns.

Clemson will enter the 2018 season with five quarterbacks on scholarship: rising senior Kelly Bryant, rising junior Tucker Israel, rising sophomore Hunter Johnson, rising redshirt freshman Chase Brice and true freshman Trevor Lawrence.