Moore granted release by Bruins coach

Updated: December 4, 2003, 10:16 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA sophomore quarterback Matt Moore, in and out of the starting lineup this season, plans to transfer next week and will not play for the Bruins in the Dec. 30 Silicon Valley Bowl.

Moore asked for and was granted his release by Bruins head coach Karl Dorrell, the school announced Thursday. There was no indication where Moore plans to transfer.

Moore beat out Drew Olson for the No. 1 job in preseason practice, but was injured in the first quarter of the Bruins' season-opening loss at Colorado. He sat out most of the next six games.

He came back to start three games, but was relieved by Olson in the fourth quarter of the latter two. Olson, also a sophomore, started the last two games for the Bruins, who had four straight losses to end the regular season and finish with a 6-6 record. They were 4-4 in the Pac-10.

Moore completed 42 of 103 passes for 555 yards this season, but threw for just two touchdowns and was intercepted six times.

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