Texas A&M sophomore quarterback Kyle Allen, who started the final two games of the regular season, is transferring from the program, the school announced Thursday.
Allen, who started 14 games in his Texas A&M career, was granted his release by the school.
In a tweet Thursday, Allen gave no reason for his departure but thanked the university: "To the city of College Station.. The last two years of my life spent here have been unforgettable, and forever impacting on my life. The people I've met, relationships I've made, things I've learned, memories I've made will stay with me for the rest of my years. Texas A&M University is a place unlike any other, and I wish things would have worked out here. But at some points in life people have to do what's best for them. It's with a heavy heart that I say I am transferring from Texas A&M. I appreciate everyone and everything here. This place will forever hold a special place in my heart. Thank you."
Allen arrived in 2014 season as the nation's No. 1-ranked pocket passer by ESPN.
He replaced Kenny Hill as the starting quarterback midway through his freshman season, starting the final five games of 2014.
He started the first seven games of this season and led the Aggies to a 5-0 start. However, poor performances in consecutive games against Mississippi and Alabama brought a change. Freshman Kyler Murray started the next three games, but Allen regained the starting job for the final two games of the regular season.
He was 9-5 as a starter and completed 56.5 percent of his passes for 2,210 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Murray is likely to start the Aggies' game against Louisville in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 in Nashville, Tenn.