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Kaymen Cureton, latest Pack quarterback departure, transferring to EKU

Kaymen Cureton
Kaymen Cureton will transfer to Eastern Kentucky. (Byrne Photo/Nevada athletics)

Kaymen Cureton, who started two games at quarterback for Nevada as a true freshman in 2017, is transferring to Eastern Kentucky, he said in a social media post late Wednesday night.

Cureton put his name in the NCAA transfer portal after the 2019 season, although he kept open the option of returning to Nevada for his junior season.

Cureton's two starts came in Jay Norvell's first season at Nevada. He took over for Ty Gangi after the first two games of the season, completing 19-of-33 passes for 205 yards, three touchdowns and one interception while rushing 16 times for five yards in a 30-28 loss to Idaho State, an FCS school. Cureton also started Nevada's next game, a 45-7 loss to Washington State in which Cureton completed 1-of-5 passes for eight yards and rushed six times for minus-eight yards.

Nevada then returned to Gangi as the team's starting quarterback for the remainder of the 2017 and 2018 season, when Cureton was the team's third-string quarterback. Cureton moved to defense in 2019 at safety, but he was unable to win a job on the two-deep depth chart before returning to quarterback a month through the season.

Cureton is the fourth quarterback with eligibility remaining to leave Nevada in the last 13 months, joining Griffin Dahn, who transferred to Albany during spring camp last season; Austin Kirksey, who transferred to Georgia after the 2019 season; and Malik Henry, who started two games for Nevada last season but did not return to school for the spring semester.

Cureton's departure leaves Nevada with four quarterbacks on its 2020 roster, including sophomore starter Carson Strong, redshirt freshman Kaiden Bennett, junior Nate Cox and walk-on sophomore Hamish McClure. Nevada has one quarterback commitment in its 2021 class, that coming from Bishop Manogue's Drew Scolari.

Cureton, a junior, will be immediately eligible at Eastern Kentucky, an FCS school in Richmond. Cureton will be the sixth quarterback on EKU's roster. The team went 7-5 overall last season, including 5-3 in the Ohio Valley Conference. The team will be under the direction of first-year coach Walt Wells.

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