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McGue leaves Army program

Jeff Birchfield • Jan 25, 2018 at 6:17 PM

Former Science Hill quarterback Malik McGue announced on Twitter this week he is no longer attending the United States Military Academy.

After sitting out the 2017 season, McGue has three years of eligibility left and is rumored to be looking at a transfer to Wofford. He wasn’t available Thursday for comment. On his Twitter account, he released a statement about leaving West Point.

“After some very careful thought and consideration about the future goals and aspirations that I have set for myself, I want to announce that I am no longer attending the United States Military Academy,” he said in a tweet on Wednesday. “I want to thank the coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to play for this prestigious program and believing in me since Day 1.

“I am grateful to have learned so much from one of the best coaching staffs in the country, and I have no doubt that this program will continue to experience much success in the future. Thank you to any TACs or teachers that I have encountered in my time here.”

McGue, at 5-foot-7 and 165 pounds, played quarterback and was a punt returner for the Black Knights in 2016. He was converted from quarterback to slotback in spring 2017 before being declared academically ineligible for the season in the fall.

As quarterback, he appeared in nine games and had 19 rushes for 150 yards, with his longest run a 41-yard touchdown against Lafayette. He also had a 32-yard run against Notre Dame, and completed 4 of 6 passes for 76 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown against UTEP. On special teams, he had 11 punt returns for 107 yards, including a 58-yard return against Wake Forest.

He said in an interview earlier in May 2017 the move to slotback didn’t bother him and he looked at as a way of getting back on the field with the Black Knights returning starting quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw.

His Twitter post was complimentary of the academy and his former Army coaches and teammates.

“I am blessed to have been led and taught by the best leaders in the world, and I will be sure to embrace the core values taught to me from this place because I know it will only set me up to be the best and most successful man I can be,” he said. “To the brothers I have made, the sky is the limit for y’all! You already have the entire country on notice and I know there is still a lot left you guys want to accomplish. I’ve never been around a hungrier group of guys, so I know you will achieve anything you set your mind to. Keep proving everyone wrong and I will forever cherish my time in the brotherhood.”

McGue holds multiple school records at Science Hill including 8,679 all-purpose yards and 53 touchdowns. He had 7,611 offensive yards (3,920 passing, 2,491 rushing and 1,200 receiving).

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