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BOULDER, CO – OCTOBER 25: Blake Stenstrom #16 of the Colorado Buffaloes carries the ball against the USC Trojans in the third quarter of a game at Folsom Field on October 25, 2019 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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Colorado quarterback Blake Stenstrom has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

Stenstrom, who will be a redshirt sophomore next year, was one of only three scholarship quarterbacks on the CU roster, but has decided to make a change during a period of transition for the football program.

“Each of our lives is defined by a series of choices,” he posted on Twitter on Wednesday morning. “As a 16-year-old I made the verbal commitment to play football at the University of Colorado and I will forever be grateful for these past 2 years and the honor of being a part of the CU Football Family. That being said, due to recent events and circumstances beyond my control, I have made the difficult decision that it is time for a new chapter in my football journey.

“While I am saddened to find myself at this crossroads, I know that God has a great and perfect plan for my life and I will forever be grateful for my time spent here in Boulder.”

Stenstrom was expected to compete with redshirt junior Tyler Lytle and true freshman Brendon Lewis for the starting job, which is wide open after three-year starter Steven Montez graduated.

The sudden departure of head coach Mel Tucker to Michigan State on Feb. 12, along with news that offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Jay Johnson is also going to MSU, has changed the dynamics of the program.

Stenstrom is the first transfer since Tucker left for Michigan State.

Although he’s been at CU only two years, Stenstrom has already had two head coaches (Tucker and Mike MacIntyre) and two quarterbacks coaches (Johnson and Kurt Roper).

The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder came to CU in the class of 2018 from Valor Christian High School. After redshirting in 2018, Stenstrom appeared in three games last season. He completed 1-of-3 passes for 12 yards and an interception and also had one run for 27 yards.

With Stenstrom’s departure, CU will go into spring practices next month with Lytle and Lewis competing for the top spot.

Lytle is in his fourth year with the program and has completed 4-of-6 passes for 55 yards and an interception in his career. Lewis, from Melissa (Tex.) High School, enrolled at CU in January.

CU also has two walk-on quarterbacks: redshirt freshman Grant Ciccarone from Cherokee Trail High School and sophomore Matthew Ryan, who transferred from Redlands last year.