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San Jose State reseve quarterback Malik Watson to transfer

Days after signing a second quarterback in the 2016 recruiting class, Spartan QB Malik Watson announced he will head elsewhere for 2016.

San Jose State backup quarterback Malik Watson announced on Saturday that he will transfer.

In his message to fans posted on Twitter, Watson praised head coach Ron Caragher for providing him the opportunity to play for San Jose State, as well as offensive coordinator Al Borges and passing game coordinator Jimmie Dougherty for instilling “important leadership qualities” in him. Watson, a fourth-year communication studies major, said that he will complete his degree in May and play his final year of eligibility elsewhere. The NCAA grants immediate eligibility to Division I FBS graduate transfers who complete their bachelor’s degree at one school, have at least a year of athletic eligibility remaining, and pursue a master’s degree not offered by their previous school.

A junior college transfer from Contra Costa College, Watson redshirted the 2014 season at San Jose State, then entered 2015 behind Joe Gray and Kenny Potter on the depth chart. Watson played in three games in 2015. In two games, the 43-13 win over New Hampshire on Sept. 3 and 49-23 win over Fresno State on Sept. 26, Watson played in the final drives. Watson saw extended playing time on Sept. 19 against Oregon State, after Caragher benched Joe Gray for throwing a pick-six that put Oregon State up by what would turn out to be the final score, 35-21. In that game, Watson completed eight of 14 passes for 57 yards and one interception.

With Watson’s transfer, five quarterbacks remain on the roster. Senior Kenny Potter, is the favorite for starter in 2016. Fellow senior Mitch Ravizza is Potter’s leading backup, as he is the only other experienced quarterback on the roster. Other backups include redshirt freshman Josh Love, as well as two newcomers, Montel Aaron and Sam Allen. Aaron, a three-star recruit from Antelope  (Calif.) High School, signed his national letter of intent with San Jose State on Wednesday. Allen played one year of JC football at Victor Valley and will have four years to play three seasons at San Jose State. He is enrolled to participate in spring football.

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