Michigan QB Gutierrez transferring to Idaho St.

Updated: January 8, 2006, 7:56 PM ET
Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan's No. 2 quarterback, Matt Gutierrez, says he is leaving the Wolverines and will play for Idaho State in the fall.

Gutierrez, who has one year of college eligibility remaining, declined to say whether he was promised the starting job for the Division I-AA Bengals but said he was certain he would never supplant Chad Henne as Michigan's top quarterback.

"I feel like in my four years [at Michigan], I've done everything I could have done and was asked to do to earn an opportunity," Gutierrez told The Ann Arbor News on Saturday. "I love to play football. I'm looking forward to being able to work toward that and succeed in that way."

Gutierrez was expected to take over as the Wolverine's starter in 2004 to replace John Navarre, but a shoulder injury kept him out of the lineup. Gutierrez underwent surgery and participated in just three games in the 2005 season as Henne's backup, completing 14 of 22 passes.

Gutierrez, who played quarterback at De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., said he didn't decide to leave the Wolverines until last week, after the team's Alamo Bowl loss to Nebraska.

Michigan will now have to decide who will become second-stringer behind Henne.

The apparent choices are Jason Forcier, who redshirted in the 2005 season, or high school recruit David Cone, who is expected to sign a national letter of intent with the Wolverines next month.

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