Miami Hurricanes backup quarterback Cade Weldon has announced he is transferring. Weldon had a difficult path to playing time. He was not likely to be better than the fourth string QB during his tenure in Coral Gables.
Cade Weldon was entering his redshirt Sophomore season with the Miami Hurricanes in 2019. He redshirted as a True Freshman in 2017 and only had significant playing time in one game in 2018. Weldon was 2-3 for 14 yards and had two carries for five yards and a touchdown in Miami’s 77-0 victory over Savannah State last December.
Weldon was going to be behind returning part-time starter N’Kosi Perry and Redshirt Freshman Jarren Williams on the depth chart entering spring practice this week. Also looming is Ohio State transfer Tate Martell who is awaiting a decision on his 2019 eligibility by the NCAA.
Weldon came to Miami as a three-star quarterback in the Class of 2017. He was recruited by Miami’s previous head coach Mark Richt. Richt was the quarterback coach at Florida State when Weldon’s father Casey finished runner-up in 1991 Heisman Trophy as the Seminoles signal-caller.
Cade Weldon was the 663rd ranked player, the 27th ranked quarterback and 63rd ranked player in the Class of 2017 out of Jefferson High School in Tampa. Cade Weldon and Miami Hurricanes Head Coach Manny Diaz both issued statement regarding Weldon’s decision to leave the Miami football program. Diaz was quoted in the Sun Sentinel.
“Cade and I talked and we decided that it was in his best interests to pursue opportunities at another school…We wish him all the best in his future plans.”
Weldon thanked the Miami football program and his teammates via Twitter and using the notes section on his iPhone.
— Cade Weldon (@cadeweldon11) March 18, 2019
There has been no information where Weldon could be transferring to. Weldon appeared in four games last season and was also suspended for four. The reason for Weldon’s suspension was never announced.
Weldon’s departure leaves the Hurricanes with three scholarship quarterbacks for spring practice and three definite ones for the 2019 season. Martell, Perry and Williams are the three scholarship QBs available for spring practice that starts Tuesday. The Hurricanes add incoming Freshman Peyton Matocha this summer.
Martell will begin spring practice competing for the starting QB job without knowing if he will be able to play in 2019. That decision could come sometime during spring practice, or the Hurricanes will have to wait sometime this spring or summer to find out if he will be eligible. If Martell is not eligible the starting QB job will come down to Perry or Williams.