Fresno State backup quarterback granted release

Fresno State backup quarterback granted release

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]resno State reserve quarterback Marcus McDade has been granted a release and will transfer.

mcdadeMcDade, a redshirt sophomore, made the decision after redshirt freshman Myles Carr ended spring with the inside track on the No. 2 job behind reigning Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year Derek Carr.

“Marcus is an outstanding young man and represented the Fresno State football program with class,” Bulldogs coach Tim DeRuyter told the Fresno Bee. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Fresno State signed two quarterbacks in the 2013 class — junior college transfer Brian Burrell (6-4, 210), a mid-year enrollee who was injured in the spring but is expected to be back this fall, and 3-star recruit Zach Greenlee (6-2, 185) of Lincoln High in Stockton, Calif.

Competition for snaps in practice will be fierce this fall, and McDade, who played briefly in two games as a redshirt freeman in 2012, saw the writing on the wall.

The 6-foot-3, 214-pound McDade, a strong-armed, pro-style quarterback, can transfer to any school not in the Mountain West or a Fresno State football rival.

McDade signed with Fresno State out of St. Mary’s High-Stockton in 2010 but failed to qualify. A 3-star recruit, he signed with the Bulldogs again the following February after a year at Hargrave Military prep school.

Photo: Fresno State Athletics

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