Will Gardner, who won the starting quarterback position in 2014 at the University of Louisville after Teddy Bridgewater left early, is now leaving the Cardinals' program.
The 6-foot-5 225-pound Gardner will transfer to another university for his final year of eligibility. Cardinal Authority confirmed the news on Tuesday night and U of L later confirmed he had been asked for and granted his release.
Gardner, who started at quarterback for the Cardinals in seven games during the 2014 season, tore his ACL against Boston College to cut his sophomore season short. It was his third knee surgery since his senior year of high school.
The backup to Bridgewater in his final season at U of L, Gardner rehabed his knee and came back this season but never played in a game.
He was in a four-man competition this spring for the starting spot in 2015 and the other three players - Reggie Bonnafon, Lamar Jackson and Kyle Bolin - all started games. He'll graduate later this month.
Gardner finishes his Louisville career with 1,781 yards and 14 touchdowns in 13 games.