NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Third-string quarterback Keith Nichol plans to transfer from Oklahoma after just one season.
Sooners coach Bob Stoops announced Friday that Nichol would not be returning.
"We had a good conversation with Keith and certainly understand his desire to seek an opportunity in another program," Stoops said in a statement. "He knows that we are supportive of him under any circumstance, whether it's here or at a different school. We want what's best for him."
Nichol initially committed to Michigan State, but then enrolled at Oklahoma last January to get an early jump on the quarterback competition. Sam Bradford eventually won the starting job and became the nation's top-rated passer last season.
Joey Halzle, a senior-to-be, was the Sooners' backup and replaced Bradford after he suffered a concussion in the first quarter of a loss at Texas Tech last season.
Nichol played in three games last season, completing 2 of 7 passes for 15 yards. He still has three years of eligibility remaining and has not used his redshirt season.
Nichol discussed his decision earlier in the day on Grand Rapids, Mich., radio station WBBL but did not say where he planned to transfer. A telephone message left at a listed number for Nichol's father, Gary Nichol, in his hometown of Lowell, Mich., was not immediately returned.
"Keith worked very hard while he was here and put forth all the effort our coaches could expect. He contributed to our program with his character and dedication," Stoops said. "Keith leaves with our appreciation and best wishes and we will do what we can to make this an easy transition for him."