Tag:Tom Savage
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: February 17, 2011 11:35 am
 

Tom Savage lands at Arizona

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

As with fellow quarterbacking transferee Tate Forcier, what was reportedly set to become a whirlwind recruitment tour for departed Rutgers QB Tom Savage has ended nearly before it begun. Per Arizona Rivals affiliate goazcats.com , Savage has pledged to play for Mike Stoops' Wildcats.

The news comes as a particular suprise since Savage had specifically requested the privilege of talking with Miami and other Florida schools, a request Greg Schiano had initially denied on publicly spurious reasons before relenting (but not before some interesting comments from Savage's father). Arizona was only the first stop of what had originally been intended to be a series of them.

But with Forcier landing at Miami, Savage elected to cut his re-recruitment short. A major part of Savage's reasoning is likely the friendly-looking Wildcat depth chart; with both starter Nick Foles and backup Matt Scott seniors in 2011, after sitting out his transfer year this fall Savage could very well be the heavy favorite to become Arizona's full-time 2012 starter. And in the Wildcats' Mike Leach- influenced, pass-first offense, Savage could find himself putting up big numbers.

It's not the move everyone was expecting for Savage. But it might be the move that makes the most sense for him all the same.

Posted on: February 1, 2011 8:48 am
 

Ex-Rutgers QB allowed to consider Florida schools

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It's not typical for the transfer of a backup quarterback from a team in the bottom half of the Big East to create as much press as that of Tom Savage, the Rutgers sophomore who decided after this past season to look for a new program. But most transfers don't feature a head coach -- in this case, the Scarlet Knights' Greg Schiano -- seemingly arbitrarily forbidding that quarterback from several of his preferred schools, the quarterback's father calling the head coach a "dictator," then the father saying that he actually didn't call the coach a dictator .

And now, in the latest development, Schiano's done a little backtracking of his own. Despite his original decision being upheld (on the same day) by a Rutgers appeals committee, Schiano yesterday elected to let Savage consider previously off-limits Miami and Florida. According to Schiano, a conversation with Savage and a reminder of his quarterback's character led to the change of heart:
Schiano said he came to the decision ... after speaking with the one-time freshman All-American "and understanding his reasons better." He also said that the positive manner in which Savage has handled the transfer situation "and the quality young man that he is" played a role in changing his mind.

"I have a better understanding of his reasons for wanting to contact those schools after speaking with him," Schiano said of Savage, who has grandparents in south Florida. "Because of my relationship with Tom and everything he has meant to the program I have given him permission to contact the University of Miami and Florida."
In addition to the Hurricanes and Gators, Schiano approved six other schools he had previously barred Savage from contacting, allowing the quarterback to transfer to any of the 25 schools he had originally requested.

It couldn't have hurt Savage's argument that Schiano was criticized in some corners for the reasoning behind his decision (that Schano didn't want to help Florida programs he occasionally recruits against) being overly flimsy. But it's all water under the public bridge for now, and given Savage's impressive freshman season (2,211 passing yards, a 14-to-7 touchdown-to-interception ratio), there's a good chance some program is going to benefit nicely.

Posted on: January 25, 2011 10:56 am
 

Tom Savage Sr denies calling Schiano a dictator

Posted by Tom Fornelli

In yesterday's Miami Herald, Tom Savage Sr. is quoted calling Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano a dictator. The reason for this was because Savage was upset that Schiano and Rutgers had placed limitations on where his son, Tom Savage, could transfer. Schools like Florida, Florida State, Miami and Michigan have all been taken off the table, which the Savages don't think is fair considering that none of those schools are in the Big East with Rutgers.

“I don’t understand how one person can be dictator over your son’s future,” Savage Sr. said. “I know they recruit Florida, but the ones that want to go to Rutgers are going to go to Rutgers. … It’s just wrong. I will talk to a lawyer."

Now the elder Savage is saying that he was misquoted by the paper, this time talking to The Star-Ledger.

“This is why I don’t talk to the media and usually don’t read anything that’s written,” Savage Sr. said. “Things get taken out of context all of the time. I don’t have any hard feelings toward Greg Schiano. I never had any problems with him.

“Sure, I was upset that a couple of schools that Tom wanted to contact were blocked. So when I was asked the question I said, ‘I don’t like anyone to dictate where my son can play football or go to college.’ I never called Greg Schiano a dictator or any other name.”

It's easy to see how Savage Sr. could have been misquoted in this case, though I'm not entirely sure how someone can confuse "be dictator" with "to dictate where." That being said, I'll give Savage the benefit of the doubt here. Besides, there are other parts of his quotes that I need to question. He said this is why he never talks to the media, yet here he is talking to the media for the second time in a couple of days. Then he says he doesn't read anything that's written.

Then what do you read?

Admittedly, neither of these things matter, but I want to know! I'm pretty sure that every word anybody has ever read has been written by somebody, or at the very least dictated -- there's that word again -- to somebody who was writing it down. Is there some new technology out there I'm not aware of?
Posted on: January 24, 2011 12:29 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2011 12:30 pm
 

Tom Savage's dad calls Greg Schiano a 'dictator'

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Tom Savage is going to transfer from Rutgers to continue his college career elsewhere, but he announced over the weekend that he wouldn't be making a decision on where he'd be transferring until the spring.  Why is he waiting so long?  Well, choosing a school should take some time.  You want to make sure you make the right choice after already making the wrong decision once. Oh, and then there's the fact that Rutgers is taking away so many of your options.

Talking to the Miami Herald, Savage's father, Tom Savage Sr., says that they'll be appealing the limitations Rutgers has put on Savage's transfer. He also has some unkind words for Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano.

“I don’t understand how one person can be dictator over your son’s future,” Savage Sr. said of Schiano. “I know they recruit Florida, but the ones that want to go to Rutgers are going to go to Rutgers. … It’s just wrong. I will talk to a lawyer.

Miami called his high school coach and said they really like Tom and he would fit well in their offense and they are really interested. Tom is interested. He has always loved Miami.”

Miami is one of the schools Rutgers won't allow Savage to leave for. It's on a list with other schools like Florida, Florida State and Michigan. Four schools that aren't in the Big East with Rutgers. It's normal that a school wouldn't want a player to transfer within the conference, but to not allow Savage to go to these four schools really doesn't make a lot of sense. If Schiano is worried about recruiting in Florida, if he let Savage go to one of the Florida schools, that's one less quarterback those schools will be looking to sign next season.

The appeal will be heard within the next ten days, and the panel will consist of three Rutgers professors. Hopefully they'll be a bit smarter about the situation than Schiano has been.
 
 
 
 
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