On Monday morning, the University of Miami announced that redshirt sophomore QB Cade Weldon was leaving the Canes Football program via transfer. Here’s the release on the topic from Miami Athletics:
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami announced Monday that quarterback Cade Weldon has decided to leave the football program.
“Cade and I talked, and we decided that it was in his best interests to pursue opportunities at another school,” head coach Manny Diaz said. “We wish him all the best in his future plans.”
Weldon, a redshirt sophomore from Tampa, played in four games last season after redshirting during the 2017 season.
This is cut and dry to me: Weldon wasn’t going to be a factor in the QB competition, and came here to play for Mark Richt, who once coached his father Casey at Florida State. With Richt gone, and the prospect of him starting nonexistent, Weldon has elected to go elsewhere.
When considering attrition at the QB position, a near certainty given the number of players who are in “play now” time of their career, Weldon was the prime candidate to leave. Weldon would have had a hard time passing one of the Tate Martell, N’Kosi Perry, Jarren Williams trio, let alone all three.
Weldon saw game action in 4 games in 2018 after redshirting in 2017. He will have 2 years of eligibility remaining at his next school, unless he drops to FCS or gets an immediate eligibility waiver.
Miami will now have 4 scholarship QBs for the 2019 season, the aforementioned trio of Martell, Perry, and Williams, and incoming freshman Peyton Matocha, who arrives in the summer.
We wish Cade Weldon all the best in his future endeavors.
Miami Hurricanes spring practice begins tomorrow.