Mississippi State Quarterback Josh Riddell has left the football team, school officials confirmed on Thursday.
Riddell, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound junior, played in three games last season, starting one, before tearing a knee ligament during a 38-21 loss to South Carolina. Overall, he completed 18 of 37 passes for 240 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. His best game was against Division I-AA Gardner-Webb, when he completed 8 of 11 passes for 124 yards, a TD and an interception.
Riddell, who transferred from Foothills (Calif.) College, did not return phone calls seeking comment.
Riddell did not participate in spring drills while rehabbing the knee injury, but his departure further depletes the Bulldogs' depth at quarterback. Senior Michael Henig, who started MSU's opener in 2006 and '07, left the team in February because of a hip injury.
Sophomore Wesley Carroll, who started most of last season, was the No. 1 MSU quarterback after spring drills. Junior Tyson Lee and freshman Chris Relf were listed as second and third string, respectively.