UNC backup quarterback Byrd decides to transfer

A former four-star recruit, Logan Byrd was the only one of the Tar Heels' four scholarship quarterbacks not to take a snap this season

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Logan Byrd, the only one of North Carolina’s four scholarship quarterbacks not to see any game action this season, has decided to leave the program and transfer to another school.

The former four-star recruit from Warner Robins, Ga., announced his intentions Wednesday on his Twitter page.


“As of today I’ve been granted permission from UNC to contact other institutions to discuss transfer opportunities,” his post reads. “I can’t thank the coaching staff at UNC enough for the experience I’ve gained during the past 2 years. Excited to be looking ahead to my next academic and football opportunity!”

A 6-foot-3, 230-pound redshirt freshman with three years of eligibility remaining, Byrd came into the 2017 season in a four-way battle with graduate transfer Brandon Harris, sophomore Nathan Elliott and classmate Chazz Surratt for the starting job.

Coach Larry Fedora praised him for having “a really strong arm” and “great presence behind the center.” But even with a rash of injuries that saw both Harris and Surratt miss extended time, Byrd wasn’t able to earn his way onto the field and spent most of the season running the Tar Heels’ scout team.

Byrd originally committed to Virginia Tech, but switched to UNC during a season at Veterans High School in which he threw for 705 yards and ran for 930 more. He did not give an indication as to where he plans to continue his college career.