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Colorado State football: Quarterback Coleman Key is transferring

Quarterback Coleman Key has decided to leave the Colorado State football program.

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The Colorado State Rams are losing redshirt freshman quarterback Coleman Key who has elected to transfer away from the program. The school released a statement from head coach Mike Bobo.

"We appreciate Coleman's time here and his contribution to this team," said Bobo. "He has expressed his desire to pursue other opportunities and we wish him all the best in that pursuit. He will be with us through the bowl game and be part of this team before pursuing those options next semester."

Key was in a competition with eventual starter Nick Stevens and backed him while seeing action in six games. His stats in those games saw Key complete 21 of 44 passes for 251 yards with three touchdowns and interceptions.

He is out of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and Key recruited under former head coach Jim McElwain, and that could be a reason for him leaving the program after spending just under a year with Bobo. Also, Stevens is a redshirt sophomore so Key would likely only get one year to start at the college level.

The Rams are not bare at the quarterback position with Stevens back as the starter, true freshman J.C. Robles, and the Rams have a verbal quarterback commit in Collin Hill of Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Plus, Colorado State had visits from graduate transfers in Kentucky's Patrick Towles and Faton Bauta out of Georgia, the latter played under Bobo while the offensive coordinator at Georgia.