Looks like ex-Rutgers quarterback Tom Savage will be leaving Arizona before ever playing a down of football for the Wildcats.
According to the Arizona Daily Star, Savage has informed new head coach Rich Rodriguez that he will transfer from UA in order to be closer to his family back east.
“[Transferring] is a personal decision about my family and not influenced by Coach Rodriguez or his style of play,” Savage told UA’s media relations department.
With RichRod in, many immediately believed redshirt junior Matt Scott would be the go-to QB in Rodriguez’s spread-option offense. Savage, a pure pocket passer, would have had a harder time fitting in.
Whether that was really the reason behind the move or not, no one will say for sure, but everyone from Savage on up is insisting otherwise.
“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.”
With Savage out, Scott is the only scholarship quarterback available for the Widlcats for the time being.
Coincidentally, former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier had at one point — and in some capacity — considered Arizona before ultimately settling on San Jose State.