<CENTER>OFFICIAL MEDIA RELEASE</CENTER> <BR><BR> EUGENE -- Quarterback Johnny DuRocher has informed coaches of his intention to transfer from the University of Oregon football program, according to Head Coach Mike Bellotti.

The 2002 all-state standout from Graham, Wash., was named the state's Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior in addition to being considered among the top prep quarterbacks in the country after leading Bethel High School to the 4A state semifinals his junior season. He completed his high school career ninth on Washington's all-time passing list with 6,781 yards and 67 touchdowns.

The Oregon redshirt freshman, who graduated from high school early in order to enroll in college during the 2003 spring term, did not play in either of the Ducks' first two games this season and was listed third on the team's depth chart behind returning starter Kellen Clemens and true freshman Dennis Dixon.

"Johnny has asked for and will be granted a (conditional) release to pursue his football future elsewhere," Bellotti said. "I think he's a great young man and he felt that he wasn't going to get an opportunity to play here. He was in the mix but was beaten out. He was closer in some ways to being our second quarterback and I was optimistic that he could challenge not just for the backup role but eventually for the starting role. It was a very competitive situation. I wish him well."

DuRocher indicated that at this time his future plans are uncertain.

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