Western Kentucky quarterback James Mauro intends to transfer, the redshirt sophomore quarterback announced Monday on Twitter.

Mauro, a 6-foot-7, 233-pound product of L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, Texas, said he has received interest and offers from “numerous D-I, Ivy League, top national Juco’s and great lower division programs.”

Mauro played in three games during his tenure on the Hill, throwing for 162 yards on 12 of 18 passing to go along with two touchdowns and an interception. His most notable performance came Sept. 29 when he took over in the second half for injured starter Kawaun Jakes and led WKU to a 26-13 victory after the Hilltoppers trailed 13-0 at halftime.

Mauro was 8 of 12 in that contest for 104 yards. His 22-yard strike to tight end Mitchell Henry with 5:08 to play in the third quarter gave Western Kentucky the lead for good.

As a senior in high school in 2010, Mauro threw for 1,676 yards and 13 touchdowns and was recruited by Northwestern, Rice and Wisconsin but did not have any reported offers outside of WKU.

Mauro’s departure leaves first-year coach Bobby Petrino with two quarterbacks on the current roster in junior Brandon Doughty and redshirt sophomore DaMarcus Smith. Todd Porter from O’Fallon High School in Illinois has signed a letter of intent to join the program and Nelson Fishback from Butte Community College in California has verbally committed to join the team and is eligible to play this fall.

— Chad Bishop covers Western Kentucky University athletics for the Bowling Green Daily News. Follow him at twitter.com/MrChadBishop or visit bgdailynews.com.

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