University of Kentucky redshirt freshman Ryan Mossakowski said on Monday that he has left the Wildcat football team and will transfer to another school.
“It’s official,” said Mossakowski, who met with Coach Joker Phillips and the UK coaching staff this week.
“We want to thank Ryan for his contributions to the program and wish him the best,” Phillips said in a statement.
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 (Tex.).
But Mossakowski had surgery to repair a torn labrum on his right throwing shoulder following his senior year, and he redshirted as a freshman last fall.
Mossakowski was in a three-man battle for the job with Mike Hartline and Morgan Newton in the preseason, but ended up the No. 3 QB. He saw mop-up duty in three games and didn’t attempt 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 awhile, 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 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 a new school but will not participate in spring practice. He said he’s talked with his father and high school about some possible destinations but doesn’t have an official list. He had considered playing for the UK baseball team in the spring but will now focus on finding a new home instead.
Mossakowski said he leaves with no hard feelings towards 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.,