Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Quarterbacks jumping in, out of the Big 12
By David Ubben
One quarterback's leaving the Big 12 and isn't going elsewhere in the league.
Another is coming back closer to home.
Texas Tech's Jacob Karam -- last seen executing the sneakiest trick play of the season -- announced his transfer on Nov. 30 and started shopping around. He's a redshirt sophomore but already completed his undergraduate requirements, meaning he'll be eligible immediately at his new home with two years left to play. Rumors swirled that he could land at Texas, but he says he's not considering any Big 12 teams.
"I am focusing on Houston, Memphis and UTEP because those three schools are focusing on me," Karam told Fox 28 in Houston.
Karam said he also heard from LSU, San Diego State, Ole Miss, UNLV and Texas State.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma State is adding a quarterback. Daxx Garman, Arizona third-stringer and native of QB factory Southlake, Texas, is heading to Stillwater to play for Todd Monken and Mike Gundy.
Former Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel and Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy both hail from Southlake and both are now NFL backups.
"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."
By way of his transfer, Garman will almost certainly be receiving a spot on next year's All-Name Team, if only as a backup.