Junior quarterback Keon Howard is leaving Southern Mississippi.
Howard announced on his Twitter feed Thursday that he made the decision “to not continue my education and football career at The University of Southern Mississippi.”
No reason was offered for the decision by Howard, who started seven games for the Golden Eagles in 2017 but did not appear in the final four games, losing the job to Kwadra Griggs.
“I would like to thank the coaching staff, my teammates, staff members, student body and others who have supported me,” wrote Howard. “I will not forget the moments spent battling at The Rock with my teammates and the loyalty from the fans in victory or defeat.”
Howard completed 56.5 percent of his passes while throwing for 1,199 yards with eight touchdown passes against five interceptions last season. He also rushed for 181 yards.
Although he has one season of eligibility remaining, Howard did not announce any plans to transfer in his posting.