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'I just wanted to play right away': McCance announces transfer for D-II Wayne State College

Gregory's Andy McCance (10) breaks free from the Irene-Wakonda defense for his first rushing touchdown during the 2017 9AA state championship game at the Dakota Dome in Vermillion. (Matt Gade / Republic)

It boiled down to was a lack of playing time for the University of South Dakota quarterback Andy McCance.

After redshirting as a freshman in 2018, the former Gregory standout announced his decision to transfer to Wayne State College (Neb.) on Tuesday. He didn't expect to see playing time at USD for at least another year as starter Austin Simmons is only a junior, leading to his departure.

"I just wanted to play right away," McCance said. "I wanted to play four years instead of basically waiting until my junior year to play, or senior year."

McCance said Wayne State felt like home, while he also bonded with first-year offensive coordinator Brian Frana. It helped that Frana knew McCance from when he recruited him at Southwest Minnesota State University (Minn.) last year.

This time, he swayed McCance, who also was contacted by South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Minnesota-Duluth and Minnesota State University Moorhead, among others.

"He recruited me a lot out of high school and he's a really good dude, so I felt really comfortable with him," McCance said about Frana.

McCance's education also played a big factor in his decision, especially to leave the state. As an education and construction management double-major, he didn't feel SD Mines was a right fit, leading to him looking out of state.

The Wildcats also said the starting job is his to lose. McCance doesn't have to sit out a year since he's moving down from Division I FCS to Division II.

"I'm getting told by D-II schools that I could be a four-year starter," McCance said. "I wasn't even a four-year starter in high school, so that was kind of a big deal."

In high school, McCance led the Gorillas to back-to-back Class 9AA state football championships, as well as being a two-time Joe Robbie award winner and two-time all-state quarterback. He threw for 6,228 yards and 89 touchdowns in his career, being named the Daily Republic's football player of the year in 2017.

Right now, though, McCance is focused on seeing the field and helping Wayne State improve on its 3-8 record.

"(I want to) just learn the playbook as soon as possible," McCance said. "Then continuous reps so I'm really comfortable with it and to get as much ahead as I can. To get into the weight room and get bigger, faster and stronger."