In a deep derby to replace NFL draft pick Brandon Allen, Rafe Peavey did not end up advancing to the level he sought. Likely as a result of a lesser chance at playing time, the Arkansas quarterback will leave the program and transfer to SMU, the redshirt sophomore posted on his Twitter account Tuesday night.
Peavey will have three years of eligibility remaining but will have to sit out a year before attempting to win the Mustangs’ quarterback job in 2017. The 20-year-old passer rated as a top-10 quarterback prospect in the class of 2014, but he could not make much headway in a competitive battle for the Razorbacks’ quarterback job.
“It was a tough decision to leave the school I committed to as a sophomore, but I look forward to what God has in store for me in this new chapter of my life,” Peavy’s statement read.
Coach Bret Bielema praised the passer on Twitter as well.
The third-string quarterback last season behind Brandon Allen and Austin Allen, Peavey was competing with redshirt freshmen Ty Storey and Ricky Town, along with true freshman Cole Kelley, for the backup job behind Austin Allen. The latter won the Razorbacks’ starting gig out of spring practice, and Peavey didn’t play at all in Arkansas’ scrimmage last weekend, pointing to another season as a third-stringer at best.
He’s yet to throw a regular-season pass but came to Little Rock with a strong pedigree out of Bolivar, Mo. Rivals.com ranked Peavey as the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, and partook in the 2014 Under Armour All-American Game after a senior year that saw him account for 43 touchdowns (27 rushing).
SMU stands to lose senior starter Matt Davis after this season, but Peavey will have a host of current underclassmen to compete against. Sophomore Darrell Colbert played in seven games last season, and redshirt freshman Ben Hicks rated as a four-star ESPN.com recruit in 2015. Colbert and fellow sophomore Jordan Severt were three-star recruits.