Arkansas Razorback quarterback Nick Starkel, who started five games in 2019, announced on social media Saturday evening that he will be transferring to San Jose State University for his final year of eligibility, almost a month after confirming he was transferring.
The graduate senior posted a picture of himself on his Instagram page with the location tag as “San Jose State University.” The caption of the photo was, “Mood all 2020 knowing God got me.”
Starkel came to Arkansas as a graduate transfer from Texas A&M. He was recruited by former head coach Chad Morris, who was fired 10 games into his second season in Fayetteville. Barry Lunney Jr. stepped in as the interim head coach for the final two games of the season. Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek hired former Georgia offensive line coach Sam Pittman on Dec. 8, 2019. Starkel announced his transfer five days later.
Starkel was one of the five different quarterbacks to start at least one game for the Hogs last season. He played in eight total games leading the team with 1,152 passing yards and seven touchdown passes. He also led the team in interceptions, as he threw 10 picks and completed 96 of his 179 pass attempts (53.6%) while compiling a QBR of 45.6.
The Dallas native started for the Hogs on Sep. 21 against San Jose State University, completing 28 of his 50 passing attempts for 356 yards and three touchdown passes. However, he threw five interceptions with the last one sealing the game for the Spartans late in the fourth quarter as the Razorbacks were upset at home, 31-24. The loss was the start of a nine-game losing streak for the Hogs to close out the season at 2-10.
With the departure of graduate senior Ben Hicks, the Razorbacks carry only three quarterbacks going into the offseason. They are freshmen John Stephen Jones and KJ Jefferson along with junior Jack Lindsey.