The Jacksonville Fightin' Indian football team lost the services of starting quarterback Tristen Shewmake on Tuesday morning.
The senior-to-be informed Jacksonville academic officials of his wishes to return to Bullard High School — Shewmake came to Jacksonville from Bullard in early 2018.
“All I know is Tristen practiced with us last night (the Tribe are currently in the midst of spring drills), and this morning I got a call from our registrar informing me that Tristen had come in and advised that he wanted to transfer back to Bullard,” Jacksonville head football coach Wayne Coleman said in a mid-afternoon interview on Tuesday. “That is all I know. I have not spoken with Tristen, so I don't know what else I can say.”
Shewmake was the Tribe starter last season and was selected as a second team All-9-5A-II pick at quarterback.
Coleman said that junior Patrick Clater has moved up to No. 1 on the depth chart. Clater previously served as Shewmake's back-up.
Coleman added that the team will be looking to develop others to serve behind Clater in the remaining days of spring drills, which are in their second week.