"Due to personal reasons I have decided not to pursue the rest of my career here at the University of North Carolina. This is not a spontaneous decision. It's also a decision that is not based on competition. Competition brings out the best in people, and it's something that I thrive on tremendously. "It's also not a decision based on the coaching staff.
"I've pondered over this a long time. I've thought hard about it, and I feel like it's the best thing for me to do.
"I would like to thank Carolina fans for all of the support that they've given me, the coaches for all the support they've given me and for giving me the opportunity to compete.
"Lastly, I would like to thank my teammates for the love and support that they have showed me throughout my time here. The times I've had here at Carolina as a student-athlete will always be remembered.
"Finishing this semester, academically, is very important so I ask that you please respect my privacy and let this statement stand for itself."
Durant established Carolina single-season freshman passing records for touchdowns (17), completions (142) and yards (1,843) and total offense (1,971 yards). He was second in the ACC and 12th in the nation in pass efficiency at 149.29. Durant, a native of Florence, S.C., is a red-shirt freshman.