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Arizona down to one QB after pair of transfers

Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:07 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2011 7:08 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

When Rich Rodriguez took over at Michigan, the transfer of Ryan Mallett left the Wolverines in a quarterback crisis that played a major role in dragging Rodriguez's first team into a 3-9 hole. Things should be different in Rodriguez's new job at Arizona, but all the same, Rodriguez can't like the historical echoes of this week's quarterbacking news in Tucson

A pair of transfers have left Rodriguez's Wildcats with just one quarterback available for spring drills--senior Matt Scott, who spent a redshirt season in 2011 season behind star signal-caller Nick Foles. True freshman Daxx Garman asked out of the program the final week of November, while Rutgers transfer Tom Savage told Rodriguez this past week he would also be leaving the Wildcats in order to be closer to his family in Pennsylvania. A tweet indicated a family member coudl be ill.

"Tom has indicated to us that he wants to transfer closer to home for family reasons," Rodriguez said "He said it has nothing to do with football, schemes, or the University of Arizona. We certainly wish him and his family the best in the future."

That Savage's decision is unrelated to Rodriguez's spread schemes is one difference from Mallett's to leave Michigan, but there's still a much larger difference than that: Savage and Garman aren't leaving the cupboard bare. Scott is a highly experienced veteran with five career starts to his name and a few dandy performances; in a two-week stint filling in for Foles in 2010, Scott hit a combined 42-of-58 passes for 552 yards and 3 touchdowns in a pair of wins over UCLA and Washington. He should also prove to be an excellent fit athletically for Rodriguez's spread option attack, having collected 532 career yards on the ground.

"Everybody's been coming up to me this week, saying, 'Man, you're going to tear it up next year,' " Scott said recently. "I'm just trying to stay level-headed and stay calm. He has great credentials from where he's been (with) quarterbacks. That says it all. I'm happy for him to be here and ready to get to work."

So as long as Scott stays healthy, Rodriguez shouldn't be condemned to repeat his Michigan history. But if he goes down with an injury? It could be 2008 all over again.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 5:52 am

Arizona down to one QB after pair of transfers

Maybe O'Neal will transfer from Maryland.

Edsell has had 19 or 20 transfers since he arrived.

Went from a great QB under the Fridge to also ran.

Since: Feb 16, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:02 pm

Arizona down to one QB after pair of transfers

Well, I suppose Rich Rod could always go after Tate Forcier (who left Michigan's program shortly after Rodriguez got canned as its coach).  The primary benefit for Forcier?  The fact that Tucson is closer to San Diego -- his hometown -- than San Jose, where Forcier finally landed this past summer (after flirting with Miami, Baylor, Washington, Middle Tennessee State, New Mexico, Kansas State, Montana, South Carolina State, Florida A&M, and Hawaii . . . did I miss anyone else?).  Hopefully, his major ISN'T geography . . . or a profession that requires quick, decisive thinking.

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