RALEIGH, N.C. -- Redshirt sophomore quarterback Justin Burke has opted to leave NC State's football team and transfer to Louisville, Wolfpack coach Tom O'Brien announced after Monday afternoon's practice.
"With the situation here, I felt I needed to do something that is important to me," Burke said. "I had a great experience at NC State. It was a special place for me over the last two-and-a-half years. The entire coaching staff and the support staff have been great to me.
"I want to thank them and my teammates for being there for me. I wish them all the best."
O'Brien said Burke made his decision after the coaching staff announced last week that three players -- senior Daniel Evans, redshirt freshman Russell Wilson and true freshmen Mike Glennon -- are still in the running to be the Wolfpack's starting quarterback when the season opens next Thursday at South Carolina. Burke, a native of Lexington, Ky., and junior Harrison Beck had also been in the running for the starting job.
"When we made the decision to go down to three quarterbacks, I talked with him and Beck both, and told them if they had any desire they thought they want to move, we would help them do whatever they wanted to do," O'Brien said after practice. "He is a great kid and he's done a great job for our program. He's decided to transfer to the University of Louisville. We are going to miss him. I think it's for his best interest to move on.
"We are happy for him, and he gets a new start somewhere else."
Burke saw limited action against Wofford, Clemson and Florida State last season as a redshirt freshman. After sitting out one season, he will have two years of college eligibility remaining.