"I love the University of North Carolina and could not have earned a degree and played football at a better institution," said Sexton. "I want to thank the people who supported me throughout my career, especially my parents, my teammates and my coaches. I always wanted to earn a degree from North Carolina and I've had an awesome experience in Chapel Hill."
NCAA rules prevent a player with one year of eligibility remaining to transfer to another Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) or Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) program. If Sexton transfers to a Division II school after graduating from UNC, he would be immediately eligible for the 2009 season.
"I don't know what the future holds for me," said Sexton. "I'm considering all my options, including the possibility of transferring to a Division II institution to play one more year. I have always been a competitor and I have more goals I want to accomplish on the football field. I'll always be grateful for the opportunities I had at North Carolina."
"Cam was an inspiration to our football team for his perseverance and determination," said head coach Butch Davis. "He gave everything he had to this program and Carolina fans will always remember the highlights he provided in 2008 as he helped this program to a bowl game. Cam has great character and has always represented the University in a first-class manner. I congratulate him on receiving his degree and I will do all I can to help him in the future."
Sexton, a native of Laurinburg, N.C., came off the bench to start for the Tar Heels after T.J. Yates fractured his ankle in the third game of the year vs. Virginia Tech. Sexton helped guide Carolina to victories over Miami, Connecticut, Notre Dame, Boston College and Georgia Tech. In 2008, he was 94 of 198 for 1,261 yards, nine touchdowns and six interceptions.
For his career, Sexton completed 152 of 305 yards for 2,110 yards and threw 13 touchdowns. He played in seven games in 2006 and started five as a redshirt freshman.
Sexton enrolled at North Carolina in 2005 and joined the team in time to participate in UNC's Continental Tire Bowl practices in Charlotte. He redshirted in 2005 after breaking his ankle in spring practice.