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Witt leaving Nebraska for Yale

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Former Nebraska backup quarterback Patrick Witt has announced he will be leaving his former school to attend Yale.

Witt told the Omaha World-Herald that by leaving for the FCS school, he will be eligible to play next fall as a third-year sophomore.

Witt said he decided on Yale after earlier visiting Duke and South Carolina and considering UCLA.

He said his transfer had more to do with academics than football. Witt is carrying a 4.0 grade point average.

"It was something that I had started to think about a while ago," Witt told the World-Herald. "To be fair to (Pelini) and fair to the team, I didn't want this to happen after we finished spring practice."

Witt played in five games last season for the Cornhuskers. He completed 6 of 8 passes for 48 yards and rushed for a touchdown. Witt replaced injured starting quarterback Joe Ganz in the Gator Bowl for one play and appeared to commit a key turnover, but a replay overturned his fumble in the fourth quarter of Nebraska's 26-21 triumph over Clemson.

Witt praised Nebraska coach Bo Pelini after making his decision.

"Obviously, he wanted me to stay and tried to talk me out of it," Witt said, "but at the same time he understood. I can't say enough about him. He's been great through the whole thing."

Witt denied some reports that he made demands to Pelini about playing time or requested that the coaching staff name a starting quarterback in the spring.

"It was hard for me to sit by and listen to things that were made up," Witt said. "It was all conspiracy theories, things that just were not true."