QB Leon to trans­fer from NC State to UConn

The News-Times - - SPORTS - By Jim Fuller james.fuller @hearst­medi­act.com; @NHRJimFull­er

There will be a new arm tak­ing part in the com­pe­ti­tion to re­place David Pin­dell as UConn’s start­ing quar­ter­back.

Micah Leon is trans­fer­ring in from NC State and will be im­me­di­ately el­i­gi­ble since he was a non-schol­ar­ship player who did not see any game ac­tion. The

6-foot-5 Leon did play in the Wolf­pack’s spring game, he was 5 for 10 for 46 yards and also ran three times for 17 yards.

Leon passed for 1,085 yards and 11 touch­downs as a se­nior at Boca Ra­ton (Fla.) High School and also ran for

555 yards and 11 touch­downs.

UConn can only hope he makes as big of an im­pact as the last for­mer NC State quar­ter­back to suit up for the Huskies — Bryant Shirreffs ranks in the top four in UConn his­tory in pass­ing at­tempts and com­ple­tions, pass­ing yards, to­tal of­fense and is se­cond in pass­ing ef­fi­ciency.

The UConn quar­ter­back po­si­tion is wide open fol­low­ing Pin­dell’s de­par­ture. Mar­vin Washington and Steve Kra­jew­ski saw time at quar­ter­back in spring prac­tice, with Washington see­ing the ma­jor­ity of snaps with the first-team of­fense. Washington was 9 of 24 for 147 yards with one touch­down pass and three in­ter­cep­tions in three games dur­ing the 2018 sea­son as a red­shirt fresh­man. He also had 12 of his 21 rush­ing yards against Mem­phis in his fi­nal ap­pear­ance of the 2018 sea­son.

For­mer West Florida quar­ter­back Mike Beaudry is com­ing in as a grad­u­ate trans­fer and the Huskies also have in­com­ing fresh­man Jack Zer­gi­o­tis in ad­di­tion to Leon, who is ex­pected on cam­pus next week when UConn play­ers re­turn to cam­pus.

NC State Ath­let­ics

Quar­ter­back Micah Leon is trans­fer­ring to UConn from NC State.

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