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Virginia Tech Backup Quarterback Mark Leal Leaves Team

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Brendon Motley elevated to No. 2 QB.

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Backup quarterback Mark Leal met with Frank Beamer Tuesday and decided to leave the football team to pursue a professional opportunity.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>VT QB Mark Leal met with head coach Frank Beamer today and has decided to leave the football program to pursue a professional opportunity.</p>&mdash; VT Football (@VT_Football) <a href="https://twitter.com/VT_Football/status/529824738713935872">November 5, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

The senior has already graduated with a degree in sociology. On the season, he saw time in just three games completing 6-of-9 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown. His most significant playing time came in last season's Sun Bowl when he came in for an injured Logan Thomas to complete 12-of-25 passes for 125 yards and two interceptions in the Tech loss.

Redshirt sophomore Brendon Motley becomes the backup to Michael Brewer. The Christiansburg, Va. native was listed as the No. 1 quarterback in the spring, but Brewer's arrival and a back injury in fall camp took Motley out of the running for the QB job.