Elon University quarterback John Loughery has left the school and will transfer, team spokesman Chris Rash confirmed Wednesday.
Loughery had two years of eligibility remaining after redshirting the 2012 season and serving as Mike Quinn's backup for the past two years. He lost a preseason quarterback battle prior to last season when first-year head coach Rich Skrosky chose Quinn over him midway through preseason camp.
Loughery, a native of Wayne, Pennsylvania, and graduate of the Hun School in New Jersey, never started a game for Elon. He played in three games this past season, completing 17 of 31 passes for 120 yards with one interception. Most of those completions came in a loss to Richmond University during which Quinn went down with an injury.
In 2013, he played in seven games, throwing for 164 yards and a touchdown.
Loughery was going to have to compete with redshirt freshman Conor Christiansen — a Skrosky recruit — next season for the starting job, along with incoming freshman Daniel Thompson.
McGUIRE LEAVING: Elon offensive lineman Thomas McGuire has also left the team. He will graduate in May and play his final year of eligibility elsewhere. McGuire made 20 starts during the past two years at center and right guard.
NINE WON'T RETURN: Nine players who could have returned were left off Elon's 2015 roster, which was posted online in late December. Among them are wide receivers Andre Davis and Ricky Brown and defensive lineman Robert Davis.
Andre Davis had one year of eligibility left. He caught 48 passes for 424 yards and two touchdowns, but had a problem with drops early in the season.
Linebacker Evan Kendrick and offensive lineman Haris Cesko, who both missed the 2014 season to injury, were not on the roster. Others left off were offensive lineman Tobin Finizio, receiver Bryant Beaulieu, kicker Karl Garvy, and defensive back Anthony Hambright.
THOMPSON TO ENROLL EARLY: Daniel Thompson, a recruit from the class of 2015, will arrive at Elon in February and enroll early.
Thompson, the brother of University of South Carolina quarterback Dylan Thompson, is a 6-foot, 195-pound quarterback from Boiling Springs High School in Spartanburg, S.C. He passed for 2,572 yards and 26 touchdowns this past year despite missing time for injury. He served as a captain for South Carolina in the Shrine Bowl and threw a 35-yard touchdown pass in a victory.
DIRECTOR OF OPS LEAVING: Elon director of football operations Kelly Page has left the program after one year.
Page took a job that isn't football-related in Indianapolis. He was a backup quarterback at Ball State University when Skrosky served as the offensive coordinator there.