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February 1, 2007

Former Wake Forest starter Mauk to transfer

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -Former starting Wake Forest quarterback Ben Mauk said Thursday he is transferring for academic reasons.

Mauk will remain enrolled at Wake Forest until his graduation this spring. In the fall he will enroll at a school that offers a master's degree in advanced education administration. Wake Forest does not offer that degree.

Mauk began last season as the Demon Deacons' starter, but suffered a season-ending injury in the third quarter of the opener against Syracuse. He dove to recover a fumble but dislocated his right shoulder and broke his right arm on what coach Jim Grobe said was the most courageous play he'd ever seen by a quarterback.

Mauk spent the rest of the season rehabilitating and mentoring redshirt freshman Riley Skinner. Skinner became the Atlantic Coast Conference's rookie of the year, leading the Demon Deacons to their first league championship in 36 years, an 11-3 record, a berth in the Orange Bowl and a final No. 18 ranking.

In the days leading up to the bowl game against Louisville, Mauk said he hoped to be 90 percent healthy in March, 100 percent by April and looked forward to competing with Skinner for the starting job.

Mauk started 10 of the 18 games he played for Wake Forest from 2004-06, completing 54 percent of his passes for 1,522 yards and four touchdowns. His first pass as a freshman was an 85-yard touchdown that tied the school record for longest scoring pass.

For more coverage of Wake Forest and Mauck's transfer, visit DeaconsIllustrated.com.

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