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
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
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.