Redshirt freshman quarterback Trent Hosick has decided to transfer from the Missouri football program, team spokesman Chad Moller said Monday.

ShowMeMizzou.com first reported the news.

"First and most importantly, I would like to thank MIZZOU for giving me the opportunity," Hosick said in a tweeted message Monday night. "A scholarship for the chance to pursue a lifelong dream is truly a blessing. I want to give a public thank you to Coach Pinkel for being a wonderful leader, a thank you to my teammates that I will miss, and a thank you to MIZZOU fans for supporting us.

"As I hope MIZZOU fans know, competition is something a player like me loves to take on, and this decision was made for other reasons. As of now, I will continue to pursue my dreams of playing quarterback and helping my coach and team win a national title, wherever that may be.

"I want to wish MIZZOU, all of my teammates, and the quarterbacks , best of luck as we all move forward. Thank you all so much for the opportunity to be a Tiger, and God Bless."

Hosick, a 6-foot-1, 225-pounder from Kansas City's Staley High School, appeared to finish the spring third in line to be sophomore Maty Mauk's backup, behind junior Corbin Berkstresser and fellow redshirt freshman Eddie Printz.

Although he pitched in on special teams during spring practice -- notably holding on extra-point tries and serving as a blocker on punt and kickoff returns -- he still professed a desire to compete for the top of the depth chart.

"There’s no doubt I’m approaching this spring like I’m going to come out and be the starter. I wouldn’t be here at the University of Missouri if I didn’t feel I had something to contribute to us winning our first national championship," Hosick said March 13. "I’m here to win a spot. I’m excited about the competition, and I’m excited about growing and learning. It’s been a lot of fun being in this group of quarterbacks. In the midst of this heated competition, it’s a pretty interesting dynamic. We all know we’re in competition with one another, yet we have a lot of fun together.