Adam Farkes, the University of Maine’s starting quarterback for a good portion of the last two seasons, has decided to transfer to another school.
The redshirt sophomore informed Black Bears head coach Jack Cosgrove of his decision Monday morning (Dec. 8).
“Adam has asked for his release [from his National Letter of Intent], and after discussing this with him, we have decided to grant him that release,” Cosgrove said in a press release issued Saturday afternoon.
Cosgrove said Sunday he did not know where Farkes plans on going and did not attempt to talk him out of leaving.
Farkes also issued a prepared statement, saying only: “I wish my teammates and the University of Maine program the best of luck in the future. It was tough, but in the end the best decision for me.”
Farkes started Maine’s first six games this season before suffering torn cartilage in his left (nonthrowing) shoulder Oct. 11 during the second quarter of Maine’s 27-10 victory over Delaware.
The 6-foot, 200-pounder missed the rest of the 2008 season, during which backup Mike Brusko led UMaine to six consecutive victories on its way to an at-large bid in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. Farkes underwent surgery to repair the shoulder late in the regular season.
Before being injured he had completed 79 of 147 passes (54 percent) for 870 yards with nine touchdowns and six interceptions.
Farkes’ departure leaves UMaine with four quarterbacks. Brusko, a run-oriented QB, will return for his senior season while Chris Treister of Cape Elizabeth, who will be a redshirt sophomore, returns for his third year in the program.
The Bears also have backups in Gabe Hinds of Augusta, who will be a redshirt sophomore, and redshirt freshman Christopher Reagan.
Farkes originally took over as Maine’s starting quarterback on Sept. 22, 2007, and went on to start six of the 10 games he played in during that season before suffering a left shoulder injury on Nov. 3 that knocked him out for the rest of the year.
He passed for more than 150 yards three times and completed 78 of 154 passes (51 percent) for 836 yards and seven touchdowns while being intercepted four times. He also gained 251 yards on 74 rushes.
Farkes subsequently underwent surgery last spring on his left A/C joint.
Farkes was recruited out of Buckingham, Browne and Nichols High School, a small private school in Cambridge, Mass.. He he was lightly recruited after combining for 1,000 yards rushing and passing as a senior.