Jake McGee leaving Virginia

Virginia tight end Jake McGee, one of the Cavaliers' top playmakers and their leading pass-catcher in 2013, will transfer following his graduation in May, the school announced on Friday.

McGee led the Cavaliers in receiving last year with 43 catches and 395 yards. This spring, he moved to wide receiver to better make use of his athletic ability.

"I want to thank Jake for his contributions to the Virginia program and wish him the best," coach Mike London said in a statement. "When I came to UVa, he was one of the first players we recruited because he had committed to play for me at Richmond. I am very proud of the fact he will graduate from the University this spring. I hope he finds a program that fits his desires for his final season as a college player."

McGee told CavsCorner.com that he's "got to be in an offense that's better fitted for my skill set," one that will allow him to play tight end "in a more traditional way." He was used as more of a hybrid tight end-wide receiver this spring.

"I am very thankful for my time at UVa and I will always consider myself a Wahoo," McGee said in a statement released through the school. "I have tremendous respect for Coach London and this football team, but I have decided to pursue my future career elsewhere. This is a personal decision and in no way should reflect on this team or its coaches. I want to thank my teammates, coaches, and especially the Wahoo fans for the endless support. Go Hoos."

His departure came as a surprise to those within the program, and it's a significant setback for Virginia, which is trying to rebound from a 2-10 season. McGee earned a reputation for his timely catches, as 26 of his 43 receptions (60.5 percent) went for a first down or a touchdown, or both, and 14 came on third down, including both scores.