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Monday, May 3, 2010
CSU's Eastman to transfer

By Graham Watson

Colorado State quarterback Jon Eastman has decided to leave the Rams.

Eastman will transfer from Colorado State at the end of the spring semester and play his final year of eligibility at Sioux Falls University in South Dakota.

Eastman, a transfer from Snow College who played in six games last season, completed 62 percent of his passes for 494 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Eastman was hoping to earn the starting role for the Rams this spring, but within a few practices freshman Pete Thomas and redshirt freshman Nico Ranieri had surpassed him and Eastman was getting fewer and fewer reps.

At then end of spring ball, coach Steve Fairchild reiterated that his starting quarterback would be either Thomas or Ranieri.

But Eastman has a chance to earn the starting role with Sioux Falls, a program that has won three of the past four NAIA national titles, including the last two.

Eastman will join several quarterbacks who are competing to replace Lorenzo Brown, who had a 29-0 career record and was the 2009 NAIA Player of the Year.

Sioux Falls head football coach Jed Stugart said Eastman would make a great addition to his football team.

“Jon’s experience at the Division I level will benefit our team immensely,” Stugart said in a statement on the school's website. “He has played against some very talented DI defenses.

“Jon will definitely increase the competition at the quarterback position as we search for the 2010 starter.”