Virginia spent much of spring football practice working on ways to use senior tight end Jake McGee more, including practicing him at wide receiver. It turns out, the Cavaliers won’t ever get the chance.
McGee, the former Collegiate School standout who is set to graduate in May, will transfer from U.Va. and play his final season somewhere else.
“I am very thankful for my time at U.Va. and I will always consider myself a Wahoo,” McGee, who sat out Virginia’s spring game with an injury last weekend, said in a statement released by the school. “I have tremendous respect for Coach [Mike] London and this football team, but I have decided to pursue my future career elsewhere. This is a personal decision and in no way should reflect on this team or its coaches. I want to thank my teammates, coaches, and especially the Wahoo fans for the endless support. Go Hoos.”
The 6-foot-6, 250-pounder finished his Virginia career with 71 catches for 769 yards and seven touchdowns. Last season, he led the team with 43 receptions for 395 yards.
His role as a pass catcher was expected to expand this coming season.
“I want to thank Jake for his contributions to the Virginia program and wish him the best,” London said in a statement. “When I came to U.Va., he was one of the first players we recruited because he had committed to play for me at Richmond. I am very proud of the fact he will graduate from the University this spring. I hope he finds a program that fits his desires for his final season as a college player.”
Under NCAA rules, he is eligible to play immediately as a graduate. The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun reported McGee could transfer to Florida.