CU Buffs QB Nick Hirschman 2013
Hirschman: "The coaching staff didn't force me out. I wasn't forced out by anybody. It was a decision I made, and it's the way it turned out." (Denver Post file)

Nick Hirschman said Wednesday he left Colorado's program because he made a commitment before spring practice that he'd leave if he wasn't named the No. 1 quarterback.

"I made the decision (before) spring that I'd come in this spring and work my (rear) off to try and become the starter and I said if a decision wasn't made by the end of spring, it was my time to go," Hirschman said in a phone interview with The Denver Post. "The coaching staff didn't force me out. I wasn't forced out by anybody. It was a decision I made, and it's the way it turned out."

Fellow junior Connor Wood was listed as co-No. 1 with Hirschman when spring practice ended April 16. Hirschman, however, said he felt he outplayed him.

In four spring scrimmages, Hirschman was 32-of-52 for 433 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception with a passer rating of 178.9. Wood was 36-of-56 for 589 with five touchdowns and no interceptions for a rating of 182.1.

"Of course I did," he said. "I'm sure he felt he outplayed me and I'm sure (redshirt freshman) Shane Dillon thought he outplayed both of us. That's the way we're wired as athletes. We do what the head coach calls and says and we're good soldiers about it.

"I believe I was No. 1. That's the coach's call and it's more about the commitment I made to myself before spring started. If that decision wasn't made, I was going to move on."


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Hirschman said he has not been contacted by any other schools and he has not contacted any. According to terms of his release, he can not transfer to another Pac-12 school or one on Colorado's schedule next fall. That includes Colorado State, Fresno State and Central Arkansas.

He graduates next month and with two years of eligibility left he could play anywhere next fall. At Los Gatos (Calif.) High, where he had a 3.8 GPA, he received offers from Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth and Brown.

He is seriously considering a move to pursue an Ivy League masters degree and two more years of football.

John Henderson: 303-954-1299, jhenderson@denverpost.com or twitter.com/johnhendersondp