NC State QB Pete Thomas to transfer

NC State senior quarterback Pete Thomas, who started six games last year, has decided to transfer following his graduation in May, the school announced on Friday.

While this move obviously is going to hurt the position's depth and experience, it also makes sense considering how blunt coach Dave Doeren has been about the future of the position -- which didn't seem to really include Thomas. Doeren had already declared Jacoby Brissett his starter, and Doeren told ESPN.com on Thursday that incoming quarterback Jalan McClendon was recruited specifically because he is a similar athlete to Brissett and could replace him if needed without having to change the offense.

This reinforces the fact Brissett and McClendon are now NC State's top two options.

"Pete has been a great teammate and a very positive representative of NC State Athletics,” Doeren said. “I have really enjoyed coaching him and want him to be successful as a player and in life. Going forward I will do anything I can to help him through his transition as a transfer. He will be missed as a teammate, player and person in our locker room."