Tulsa backup QB Bower leaves team

Jacob Bower will not return to Tulsa for his senior season, the Tulsa World is reporting.

Bower served as the backup quarterback last year after going through an intense competition with G.J. Kinne and Shavodrick Beaver last spring and through fall camp.

Bower’s announcement comes just days after Tulsa coach Todd Graham said that Kinne, who was last year’s starter, would remain the No. 1 quarterback.

Bower played in seven games last season and completed 15 of 36 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 45 yards and a score. In 2008, Bower played in all 14 games as a backup behind starter David Johnson.

Bower transferred from Bakersfield College in the spring of 2008.

Bower said he’s on pace to graduate at the end of the semester and will look to finish his playing career at another school. Under NCAA rules, Bower can receive a waiver to play at an FBS intuition if he’s enrolled in graduate school.

Kinne and Beaver are the only scholarship quarterbacks on the roster this spring.