The final Friday in November is circled as an important day in the state of Texas. A day after…
Texas A&M QB Dustin Long to transfer
"Texas A&M is a great school and I've enjoyed my time here," he added. "My decision is based simply on what I think is best for me. It has nothing to do with Coach Fran or the coaching staff here at A&M."
Texas A&M has granted Long the official release required by the NCAA in order for a student athlete to transfer and continue competition. In a statement regarding Long's departure, Texas A&M head coach Dennis Franchione commented that, "Dustin is a quality young man from a great family. I hate to see Dustin leave, but I respect his wishes to get more playing time. I wish him well with his move."
Long completed his junior season at A&M with playing time in all 12 games and a start against rival University of Texas. He completed 60-of-104 passes for 709 yards and four touchdowns.
The 6-3, 210-pound graduate of Port Neches-Grove High School was a member of Texas A&M's player-elected 2003 Leadership Council. Entering this season, Long ranked second to Oklahoma State's Josh Fields as the Big 12's returning passer. He set school records at A&M for single game passing yards (299 versus Kansas in 2002), single game passing touchdowns (19, tied with Gary Kubiak, 1982) and season 300-yard passing games (3).
Texas A&M begins spring practice on March 22, 2004 with junior Reggie McNeal leading the Aggies at quarterback.
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