Colorado QB Nick Hirschman will transfer to Akron
[dropcap]C[/dropcap]olorado quarterback Nick Hirschman, who announced a week after the end of spring practice that he would transfer, will apparently play his final two seasons at Akron.
Hischman, who was heavily recruited by Harvard out of high school, was expected to transfer to an “Ivy League-type” program, but told ESPN’s Joe Schad that he believes Terry Bowden is an excellent coach and he was impressed by Akron’s facilities.
A redshirt junior Los Gatos, Calif., Hirschman graduated this week with a degree in sports communications, and will be eligible to play next season with two years of eligibility remaining.
After returning starter Jordan Webb went down with a torn ACL late in spring workouts, Hirschman was battling Texas transfer Conner Wood for the No. 1 job. On a depth chart released April 2, Hirschman was behind both Wood and redshirt freshman Shane Dillon, but had worked his way back up to co-No. 1 after the spring game.
In four Colorado spring scrimmages, Hirschman (6-4, 230) was 32-of-52 passing for 433 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception, for a QB rating of 178.9.
First-year coach Mike McIntyre said recently on Yahoo! Sports Radio that Webb’s initial rehab efforts had gone well and that he could be back “hopefully be back some time in September.”
Colorado opens the season Sept. 1 on the road against Colorado State.
The Buffs play Central Arkansas on Sept. 7, Fresno State on Sept. 14, at Oregon State, Oregon on Oct. 5 and at Arizona State on Oct. 12 before getting a bye week.
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