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Fresno State backup QB Marcus McDade plans to transfer

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

The Fresno State quarterback position got a little too crowded for Marcus McDade, and the sophomore quarterback has decided to transfer. The news was first reported by CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler earlier this week.

"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."

McDade was recruited to Fresno State to run a pro-style offense, and according to the Bee his transition to the Bulldogs' no-huddle spread has not been smooth. With junior college transfer Brian Burrell and freshman Zack Greenlee joining the team in the fall, McDade could possibly find himself as low as fourth or fifth on the Bulldogs' depth chart.

The 6-foot-3, 214-pound quarterback spent a year at Hargrave Academy after initially committing to the Bulldogs in 2010. By the time he joined the Bulldogs in 2011, Derek Carr had taken control of the quarterback duties.

Fresno State has granted McDade permission to contact other universities. According to school policy, the quarterback will only be prevented from transferring to another school in the conference or "natural rivals of the particular sport."

Carr has complete control of the Bulldogs' no-huddle spread, turning into one of the most prolific quarterbacks in the nation in 2012. He led the Mountain West and ranked No. 8 nationally with 4,104 yards passing and maintained one of the best touchdown-interception ratios in the country (37 touchdowns, seven interceptions).

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