Monday, December 5, 2011
Arizona loses two QBs
By ESPN.com staff
Quarterback is suddenly a need position for Arizona in recruiting.
The Wildcats announced Monday the transfer of two quarterbacks, freshman Daxx Garman and junior Tom Savage, who just a year ago transferred from Rutgers.
While senior Matt Scott was expected to win the 2012 starting job -- even more so now that new coach Rick Rodriguez brought a spread-option to Tucson -- there are no scholarship QBs on the roster behind him. This year's starter Nick Foles and backup Bryson Beirne are both out of eligibility.
While Garman was lightly regarded, Savage played in 18 games at Rutgers and was a freshman All-American in 2009. He was seen as legitimate competition for Scott, but the 6-foot-5, 240 pounder is more of a pocket passer than an athlete who could run the spread-option.
Still, Rodriguez said Monday that his offensive scheme could be tweaked to fit personnel. That was apparently just before Savage visited him and said he was leaving for because of "a family issue."
"Tom has indicated to us that he wants to transfer closer to home for family reasons," Rodriguez said in a statement. "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."
The statement also included this from Savage: "This is a personal decision about my family and was not influenced by Coach Rodriguez or his style of play."
Whatever the reason, the Wildcats are left with a decided lack of depth at quarterback with a new scheme that asks the quarterback to run the football, thereby, at least in theory, putting him at more risk for injury.
It's late in the recruiting game to collect QBs, though perhaps Rodriguez can sway a previously committed dual-threat guy his way. Also, don't be surprised if he signs a JC QB. Or two.