Syracuse - Penn State transfer QB Michael O'Connor is headed to University of British Columbia in Canada
February 13, 2015
Syracuse, N.Y. — Michael O'Connor is reportedly headed to his native country of Canada to continue his football career.
The Penn State transfer, one of two transfer quarterbacks who at one time expressed interest in joining Syracuse, will play for the University of British Columbia, according to Farhan Lalji, a Vancouver-based reporter for The Sports Network.
Because the University of British Columbia is not a member of the NCAA, O'Connor is eligible to play in the 2015 season.
The former Under Armour All-American was rated as ESPN's No. 6 pocket-passing quarterback in the 2014 recruiting class. A native of Ottawa, he played his final two seasons of high school ball in the US, first at the Baylor School in Tennessee before attending IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., as a senior.
O'Connor did not play last season, sitting behind reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year Christian Hackenberg.
He was one of two transfer quarterbacks Syracuse targeted this offseason to potentially compete for the starting job in 2016.
First, Houston-transfer John O'Korn elected to move on to Michigan.
Now, O'Connor is headed across the continent to UBC and play in Thunderbird Stadium, which has a seating capacity of 3,500.
Syracuse, meanwhile, apparently has not lost interest in adding another quarterback to the roster.
It is currently hosting Class of 2015 prospect Kenterius Womack, of Luverne (Ala.) High School.