Virginia redshirt freshman quarterback Michael Strauss has received his release papers and will transfer, Coach Mike London confirmed Wednesday through a team spokesman. It is unclear at this point where Strauss will end up, though Penn, Delaware and Villanova are possibilities, according to two sources familiar with the situation.
“I appreciate all of Michael’s efforts while he was here at Virginia and wish him nothing but the best,” London said in a statement.
After enrolling at Virginia in the spring 2010, Strauss redshirted last season. The Key Biscayne, Fla., native also did not play in a game this fall and was behind sophomore starter Michael Rocco, freshman David Watford and redshirt sophomore Ross Metheny on the depth chart at quarterback.
With the Cavaliers scheduled to bring in two more quarterbacks in the 2012 recruiting class — Greyson Lambert of Jesup, Ga., and Matt Johns of Warrington, Pa. — it is not surprising that Strauss elected to transfer at this time. Strauss will have three years of eligibility remaining and can play immediately if he ends up at a Football Championship Subdivision program.
Strauss’s release from Virginia became official Nov. 21. He was not in uniform for Virginia’s 38-0 loss to Virginia Tech on Nov. 26 and no longer is participating in team activities. He will not travel with the team to its bowl game.