Tag:Daxx Garman
Posted on: December 26, 2011 11:41 am

Daxx Garman transferring to Oklahoma State

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Arizona quarterback Daxx Garman asked out of his scholarship in November, and he's already found a new school. The freshman is going home, as he'll be transferring to Oklahoma State. As per the rules, Garman will have to sit out the 2012 season but will be eligible to play for Oklahoma State in 2013 as a sophomore.

"I'm getting the opportunity to move closer to home," Garman told The Arizona Republic. "My family can be more involved in the situation, and I felt like it's a better opportunity for me. Oklahoma State, they have a great football environment. The fans are great people there, and they support the Oklahoma State football program completely. I'm very excited to be a part of that." 

Garman did not play for Arizona as a true freshman this season, taking a redshirt instead.

This won't be the first time Garman has had to sit on the sidelines due to a transfer, as he faced similar problems while still in high school. Garman and his father moved to Texas from Oklahoma before his senior season of high school so that he could play football at Southlake Carroll. However, Garman was ruled ineligible to play his senior season at the high school since it was deemed he had only moved to Texas to play football at Southlake Carroll, which is against the rules in the state of Texas.

Now he'll be forced to sit out a season for moving back home to Oklahoma.  
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:07 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2011 7:08 pm

Arizona down to one QB after pair of transfers

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.
Posted on: March 22, 2011 9:21 am

Spring Practice Primer: Arizona

Posted by Bryan Fischer

College Football has no offseason. Every coach knows that the preparation for September begins now, in Spring Practice. So we here at the Eye on College Football will get you ready as teams open spring ball with our Spring Practice Primers. Today, we look at Arizona, who started spring practice Monday.

Spring Practice Question: Who will emerge and help restock the offensive and defensive lines?

If starting quarterback Nick Foles takes his lineman out for dinner this spring, he might be doing so more to get to know them than he is to get some dinner after practice. That's the state of the Arizona offensive line, which loses all five starters to graduation and needs to be sorted out if Foles is going to have any time to throw to one of the most talented group of wide outs in the Pac-12.

A rebuilding job is nothing new for head coach Mike Stoops. Entering his eighth spring practice with the Wildcats, Stoops has taken the once downtrodden program and turned it into a consistent winner, with the team coming off their third straight winning season for the first time in over a decade. The colorful (usually a bright shade of red) Stoops will use spring practices to help forget last year's disastrous ending however, when the team lost their last five games of the year after a promising start.

Attention is primarily on the offensive line and learning to mesh with new offensive coordinator/line coach Robert Anae. The former offensive coordinator at BYU for the last five years, Anae won't have to change too much of the terminology of the offense and can instead focus on who meshes well along the line. Vaughn Dotsy figures to be the front runner at guard having previously been a starter but injury issues have held back his playing time. Kyle Quinn had a solid audition for the center spot after playing well in the bowl game last year and as the primary backup for the past two seasons. Outside of those two however, the rest of the line will be quite green. Redshirt freshman Mickey Baucus and Fabbians Ebbele figure to be in the mix for the other spots and are talented enough to play early in their careers.

If the line can gel during the spring and protect Foles, the Wildcats' offense could be one to watch. Foles' primary backup Matt Scott is expected to redshirt during the season so the spring will be a time for senior Bryson Beirne to get significant playing time to prepare for the fall. Early enrollee Daxx Garman will get a few looks but he didn't play his senior year in high school due to transfer issues.

Any of the quarterbacks on the roster will certainly like what the weapons they see around them. Running back Keola Antolin is back as the starter and Greg Nwoko should see his fair share of carries at the position this spring as well. Juron Criner headlines a talented group of wide receivers that may be the best returning group in the Pac-12. Eligible for the fall is Texas transfer Dan Buckner, who provides a big target for Foles in the red zone and caught 45 passes with the Longhorns as a true freshman. Freshmen Austin Hill and Tyler Slavin will also try and push for playing time this spring.

Though the defensive line won't have to replace the entire front four, they do need to find two new starters at defensive end to replace the terrific and underrated Ricky Elmore and Brooks Reed. Dominique Austin, Mohammed Usman and Dan Pettinato will all get a shot but it will be hard to match the productivity Elmore and Reed had during their time in Tucson. Luckily, they'll have several quality defensive tackles rotating in next to them, led by redshirt sophomores Justin Washington and Sione Tuihalamaka. Washington racked up six sacks last season and will be key in getting a strong pass rush going. Keep an eye out for Aiulua Fanene and Saneilla Fuimaono at defensive tackle to provide the big bodies the Wildcats need in the trenches.

However the defensive line shapes up, the linebacker unit playing behind them returns all three starters and figure to mix in several younger players this spring to provide depth. The secondary will need to replace both safeties but has impressive, young talent at corner looking to hone their skills this spring. You can probably pencil in Adam Hall as one of the safeties this spring and Robert Golden, Trevin Wade, Shaquille Richardson and Jonathan McKnight figure to make the battle for the corner spots interesting.

There's a lot of talent on Arizona's roster for this spring and it's up to Stoops and several of his new staff members to figure out what to do with it and correct some of the issues that plagued them down the stretch last season. Things are always made easier when most of your skill position talent returns but that won't mean anything if the offensive line doesn't get sorted out this spring. 

Luckily (or unluckily depending on your point of view) for Stoops, he'll be able to conduct business under the radar as almost all the attention in Tucson is on the basketball team's run in the NCAA tournament.

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Posted on: September 15, 2010 12:25 pm

Arizona QB commit won't have a senior season

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While his future classmates will be painting themselves red this weekend in preparation for their game against the Iowa Hawkeyes, Arizona commit Daxx Garman won't be doing much of anything.  He definitely won't be playing football.  The senior quarterback from Texas' Southlake Carroll via Oklahoma was ruled ineligible to play his senior season because of that whole "via Oklahoma" thing.

Garman was ruled ineligible by a decision of the District 7-5A board in August, and appealed the decision but on Tuesday the University Interscholastic League unanimously agreed to uphold the district's decision, forcing Garman to sit out his senior season.

According to TheOldCoach.com and The Dallas Morning News, a committee made up of Waco ISD athletic director Johanna Denson, San Antonio ISD athletic director Gil Garza, Troy ISD superintendent Kerry Hansen, and Houston ISD athletic director Daryl Wade agreed unanimously with the District 7-5A decision in late August to revoke Garman's eligibility after it determined that he moved from Oklahoma to playing football for Southlake Carroll. One of the key issues of debate -- and possibly the lynchpin that keeps Garman off the field for his senior season -- was a clause in the Garmans' lease within Carroll ISD boundaries that stipulated they could terminate the lease if Garman was found to be ineligible to play sports in the Carroll ISD.

What it all boils down to is this.  Garman's father moved from Oklahoma to Texas while Garman's mother remained at their home in Oklahoma. The move was viewed as nothing more than an attempt to let Daxx Garman play his senior season at Southlake Carroll. 

Why?  Because Daxx had been ruled ineligible to play in his home state of Oklahoma after his family failed to fill out the proper paperwork folllowing his transfer from Carl Albert to Jones.  Which is a bit foolish to punish a kid over some paperwork, but the rules are the rules.  No students are allowed to transfer to a Texas school when they were ineligible to play at their previous school, and when you combine the fact that Garman's transfer seemed to be for nothing more than athletic purposes, odds weren't in the kid's favor.

Driving the final nail in the coffin was a clause in Garman's lease that said "in the event the Tenant's son, Daxx Garman, is not accepted in the Carroll ISD Football program, Tenant will have the option to cancel this Lease..."

So it seems that the next time Garman will be eligible to play football it'll be on a field in Tucson.
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