Appalachian State freshman quarterback Peyton Derrick (13) hands off to sophomore running back Marcus Williams (26) on Saturday, Sep. 29, 2018 in Boone, N.C. 

Peyton Derrick, a backup quarterback for Appalachian State, said through Twitter on Monday that he is transferring. 

Derrick, who was a redshirt freshman last season, made his announcement on the same day the Mountaineers held their initial spring practice.

"I would like to thank everyone who has supported me along the way," Derrick said in his post. "The memories and the relationships I have made will last forever.

"I would like to open my recruitment to all programs for the 3 remaining years of my availability."

Derrick's departure means there are now only two App State quarterbacks returning who threw meaningful passes in 2018: starter Zac Thomas and fellow backup Jacob Huesman. 

Thomas, a first-year starter last season, has two more years of eligibility as a rising redshirt junior.

Derrick threw two touchdowns and ran for another while appearing mostly when the Mountaineers already had victory in hand.

He was also thrown into a difficult situation when the national spotlight was on Appalachian. Heading into App State's game against Georgia Southern on Oct. 25, the Mountaineers earned the first AP Top 25 ranking in school history. They went to Statesboro to take on their heated rival in a primetime game. 

Thomas sustained a concussion during Appalachian's first offensive drive, which pushed Derrick onto the field during a cold and rainy Thursday night. He threw two interceptions in a 34-14 loss. 

With Derrick gone, App State will have four quarterbacks set to return from the 2018 roster: Thomas, Huesman, Jackson Gibbs and Tanner Wilson, who helped call in signals for the offense last year.

The Mountaineers also signed a quarterback in the 2019 recruiting class in 6-foot-2 David Baldwin-Griffin.

Derrick is from Conway, S.C. He played at Conway High School, where he racked up 8,666 passing yards, 77 passing touchdowns and 16 rushing touchdowns

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