With Connor Halliday cemented as the starting quarterback for his senior season and Tyler Bruggman the assumed heir to the throne, someone was likely being squeezed out of the log jam at quarterback. According to the Spokesman Review's Jacob Thorpe, that someone is Austin Apodaca who has reportedly left the football team.
Although Thorpe wasn't able to give a reason for Apodaca's departure, the writing has been on the wall for quite a while. Bruggman is likely the assumed starter for the 2015 season and that would mean Apodaca would be competing for the back up role with Peyton Bender. It would be extraordinarily difficult, barring some injuries on par with what we saw in 2008, for Apodaca to ever take meaningful snaps at Washington State given the players around him.
Apodaca was Halliday's back-up last season and played against Southern Utah, Stanford and Arizona State. He got most of his snaps against Stanford following an injury to Halliday, completing 15 of 29 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns to one interceptions.
According to Thorpe, who spoke with Apodaca, the quarterback will finish out the semester at WSU before transferring but he's not sure where he'll be going. The decision to transfer happened just a few days ago and Apodaca told Thorpe:
"There’s a lot of things that go into it," he said. "Being through the recruiting process already, coming out of high school it’s a tough thing to get right. I just want to make sure wherever I end up that I fit in, that I feel comfortable and like I said there were some different things that went into (the decision to leave) but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it."
Best of luck to Austin in all his future endeavors.