Florida State has suffered a quarterback casualty to the transfer portal.
As first reported by Noles247 Wednesday, redshirt freshman quarterback Chubba Purdy has entered the transfer portal and is no longer a member of the team.
"After careful consideration and a discussion with my family, I will be moving on to new beginnings. With that said, I will be entering the transfer portal. Thank you and God bless."
Purdy is leaving the program less than two full seasons into his FSU career. He signed with FSU as a four-star quarterback out of Queen Creek, Arizona, as a part of Mike Norvell's first signing class in 2020, flipping from his commitment to Louisville.
He appeared in three games and made one start as a true freshman.
However, he saw limited practice time due to a broken collarbone suffered in the preseason that prematurely ended his season when it was reaggravated and also sidelined him during the spring.
Purdy appeared in one game this season, completing all five of hi passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns in reserve work during the Seminoles' lopsided win over UMass.
FSU (3-5) is at home Saturday against North Carolina State (6-2).
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In today's day and age of the transfer portal, it can be hard to keep reserve quarterbacks invested and bought in on waiting their turn to take the reigns of the offense.
Purdy obviously had a rocky first season in Tallahassee while batting his injury, but he had been showing real promise getting extensive work in practice after he failed to get that last season.
The problem for Purdy likely stems from the fact that starting quarterback Jordan Travis has two years of eligibility left and incoming freshman AJ Duffy is even higher rated than he was as a recruit. He would be, at best, in a three-man battle for the quarterback job ahead of the 2022 season and would quite possibly be a backup once again.
The case can be made that Purdy could stand to wait to transfer until the offseason if he still wants to then.
However, making the move now allows Purdy to get his name out there and allow coaches to contact him in order for him to make a decision about his next destination. It will also give him time to enroll at the school in January and have the entire offseason to compete for the starting job.
What it means
Long term, it may not mean a ton for FSU.
While Purdy was definitely viewed as the possible quarterback of the future for FSU when he signed, the Seminoles do have a few other viable long-term options.
When Purdy was signed, it was unclear how Travis factored into FSU's long-term quarterback plans. He's now won the starting job each of the last two seasons and can play through the 2023 season.
Additionally, Duffy is a borderline top-100 recruit and could definitely fill Purdy's vacated role as the Seminoles' potential future quarterback.
In the short term, however, it's a problem for the Seminoles as it leaves them with only three scholarship quarterbacks for their remaining four games.
Travis has started and played the entirety of the last four games.
UCF transfer McKenzie Milton, who started three games this season, will serve as Travis' backup as he closes out his final year of eligibility. Redshirt freshman Tate Rodemaker, who signed alongside Purdy in the 2020 class, will be the third string.
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