Quarterback Bennie Coney was rated a four-star football recruit by 247Sports.com when he signed with the University of Cincinnati in 2012, but he now is headed elsewhere.

“Bennie Coney is no longer with us,” UC coach Tommy Tuberville said Wednesday. “He’s going to transfer and go somewhere. We feel like that he can be a starter (elsewhere).”

Coney, from Plant City, Fla., was a UC redshirt freshman in the 2013 season and backed up senior Brendon Kay. Coney made three appearances in 2013, going 6-for-7 passing for 84 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Coney on Wednesday issued several tweets about his departure from UC, including:

• "This is not the last of me. Time was ticking, I'm hungry to b the starter in someone's program #3years left."

• "I want to Thank the University of Cincinnati for being my home for 3 long years. I want to say Thank You to all the people that supported me."

With Kay having exhausted his eligibility, Coney figured to compete with Notre Dame transfer Gunner Kiel and junior college transfer Jarred Evans for the starting job. Tuberville said that Kiel “probably” is the heir apparent entering spring ball, with Evans also a viable candidate.

Fifth-year senior Munchie Legaux also hopes to play again. Legaux is rehabbing from a serious knee injury suffered last September, and he hopes to be practicing again by summer.

Kiel sat out 2013 as a transfer and will have three years of eligibility remaining. Evans has two years left.

“Gunner had a very good (Belk) Bowl season in terms of practice,” Tuberville said. “Jarred Evans, a junior college player that’s come in, is going to be good competition for that position.”