June 3, 2010
DAVIS, Calif. -
After extended reflection, UC Davis quarterback Greg Denham has decided to not return for the 2010 season in order to pursue a career in the ministry, it was announced on Thursday by head coach Bob Biggs.
Denham, from nearby Auburn, Calif., would've been a senior during the upcoming campaign after starting each of the last two years. He's thrown for 6,435 yards and 46 touchdowns during his career and has eight 300-yard games including a career-high 434 in the 2008 season finale against the University of San Diego.
"I respect Greg's decision to follow his faith and through thorough contemplation the need to do it at this time," said Biggs. "Greg has made tremendous contributions to the program during his four years and I wish him nothing but the greatest success in his future pursuits.
"We are fortunate that we have three outstanding quarterbacks (Austin Heyworth, Sean Maraz and Randy Wright) who will now see this as an opportunity to show their mark as quarterbacks in the UC Davis tradition."
Denham, who earned a pair of All-Great West Conference honors during his career, is grateful for the opportunity to have played for UC Davis.
"This is one the most difficult decisions I've ever had to make in my life," he said. "Although many may not understand the timing of this decision, I have to be true to myself and to my faith. I want to make it completely clear that my experiences at UC Davis have been some of the most positive of my life. My relationships with my coaches and teammates are irreplaceable.
"Coach Biggs has been a tremendous mentor from the moment I stepped through the door to join the program through this very difficult process in making this decision."
UC Davis will resume practices in August in preparation to defend its 2009 Great West Conference championship.