QB Threet to transfer from Michigan

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

When Michigan's quarterback competition resumes March 14 at spring practice, Steven Threet won't be a part of it.

Threet announced Sunday he will transfer from Michigan after being granted his release from the team. The redshirt freshman quarterback told The Detroit News in a prepared statement that he doesn't know where he'll play next.

"I've decided to transfer from the University of Michigan," Threet said, reciting from a prepared statement during a telephone conversation Sunday. "I have requested and received my release. I do not yet know where I will continue my collegiate career and will have no further comment until that decision is made."

Threet's decision comes as somewhat of a surprise, especially since he has already transferred once, from Georgia Tech to Michigan before the 2007 season. He certainly had his struggles last fall and true freshmen Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson seem better suited to run Rich Rodriguez's spread offense, but Threet held an edge in experience over both players.

He started eight games in 2008 and led Michigan in passing yards, completions and touchdowns.

Forcier, who enrolled at Michigan in January, appeared to be a formidable candidate for the starting job before Sunday night. After Threet's transfer, it's hard not to consider him the frontrunner, at least until Robinson arrives this summer.

Nick Sheridan also remains in the mix, but Rodriguez has a lot of confidence in his two recruits, which could have played a role in Threet's decision.

"I don't know if we could have gone out and gotten two better dual-threat quarterbacks than Tate Forcier and Robinson," Rodriguez said on national signing day. "So we're very excited about those guys coming in and competing with the guys we have. ... You know, both Tate and Denard are the guys that can run and throw. They're not the tallest guys, but they're guys that also, again, can make plays when they're there and sometimes make plays when they're not there. Again, they've got to learn. I didn't promise Tate he was going to be the starting quarterback, didn't on promise Denard yet. We promised them an opportunity to compete right away."

Forcier's opportunity begins March 14.