Oregon backup quarterback Jake Rodrigues is leaving the Ducks football program and will seek to transfer to another university, the redshirt sophomore told CSNNW.com today.

Rodrigues had been competing for the backup quarterback position behind Marcus Mariota for the past year and hoped to be named the No. 2 quarterback after spring practices concluded May 3.

But the competition remains up in the air with fellow sophomore Jeff Lockie heading into the summer.

Rodrigues made his decision to leave Oregon after meeting with coach Mark Helfrich Monday morning.

“Football wasn’t working out here and that is why I am leaving,” Rodrigues said. “I am not leaving because of how people treated me, or how much it rains here. I am leaving simply based on this football decision.”

Oregon has given Rodrigues the clearance to transfer anywhere he likes. Should he attend another FBS program, Rodrigues would have to sit out the 2014 season and then have two years of eligibility remaining starting in 2015. Should he transfer to an FCS program, he would have three years of eligibility remaining.

“After this spring I fell in love with football all over again, like I was 12 years old putting on my pads and smelling the grass for the first time,” said Rodrigues, who suffered a broken fibula his senior year in high school that hurt his early progress at Oregon. “It’s driven me to become something great. I am going to work my butt off at football until someone tells me I can’t anymore.”

In the Oregon spring game, Rodrigues completed 7-of-18 passes for 66 yards with one interception and rushed for 42 yards. Lockie completed 7-of-12 passes for 121 yards and one touchdown.