UNC's Sexton moving on

January, 14, 2009
1/14/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

North Carolina quarterback Cameron Sexton will graduate in May and "explore his options for continuing his playing career next season," the school announced Wednesday. He's got one year of eligibility remaining, but the NCAA limits his options to Division II schools.

"I don't know what the future holds for me," Sexton said in a release. "I'm considering all my options, including the possibility of transferring to a Division II institution to play one more year. I have always been a competitor and I have more goals I want to accomplish on the football field. I'll always be grateful for the opportunities I had at North Carolina."

Sexton's career at UNC was rocky, but it's not like the Tar Heels couldn't use him next season. Without him, the backup quarterback position lacks any legitimate experience, as Mike Paulus has completed only 4 of 13 passes with two interceptions. Had coach Butch Davis been more pleased with Paulus, he probably wouldn't have replaced him on Sept. 27 at Miami.

Sexton, in fact, had one of the Tar Heels' better performances of the season when he led the team to a come-from-behind road win at Miami after replacing injured starter T.J. Yates and then Paulus. Sexton threw a 14-yard touchdown pass with 46 seconds left and helped the Tar Heels to a 28-24 win. But Sexton didn't play well consistently and eventually Yates won his job back.

Here is more on Sexton's decision.

The competition for the No. 2 quarterback spot belongs to Paulus now, but could get interesting once a few recruits join the team. Check tomorrow's blog for more on UNC's recruiting needs.

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