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Report: Rutgers lands ex-LSU QB Hayden Rettig

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Earlier this week it was reported that Hayden Rettig would be visiting Piscataway as he attempted to determine his next step at the collegiate level.  Just three days later, it appears the former LSU quarterback had one helluva trip to New Jersey.

While the school has yet to confirm it, Bruce Feldman of FOXSports.com is reporting that Rettig has decided to transfer to Rutgers.  Because of NCAA transfer rules, Rettig will be forced to sit out the 2014 season.

Come 2015, however, the Scarlet Knights will be getting a potential starter at the all-important quarterback position for (potentially) three years.

Rettig was a four-star member of LSU’s 2013 recruiting class coming out of high school in Los Angeles, Calif., rated as the No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the country… and the No. 73 player at any position in that class… and the No. 9 player at any position in the state of California. He took a redshirt as a true freshman.

One potential landing spot for Rettig, who confirmed late last month that he would be transferring from the Tigers, was initially speculated to be Boston College.  Rettig’s brother, Chase Rettig, started 45 straight games for the Eagles from 2010-13.

LSU losing four-star QB to transfer; is BC in his future?

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Earlier this offseason it was reported that Stephen Rivers would be transferring from LSU, with San Diego State or Vanderbilt the most likely landing spots for the brother of Philip.  A handful of months later, yet another Tigers quarterback has pulled the trigger on a transfer — and could end up at a place very familiar to the player’s brother.

Hayden Rettig confirmed to the New Orleans Times-Picayune this weekend that he has decided to transfer out of the LSU football program.  It’s at this point in the program where we usually mention that the Bayou Bengals have yet to publicly address Rettig’s status with the team moving forward.

While no reason was given for the decision to move out and move on, the fact that Rettig exited spring practice No. 3 on the depth chart behind sophomore Anthony Jennings and freshman Brandon Harris would likely be a good place to start.  There’s also no word on whether Rettig lacked the chesticular fortitude to continue on as part of Les Miles‘ football program.

The Times-Picayune also speculates on a potential transfer destination for Rettig: Boston College. Beginning in 2010 and ending in 2013, Chase Rettig, Hayden’s older brother, started 46 games for the Eagles, including a streak of 45 straight starts to end his career at the school.

The younger Rettig was a four-star member of LSU’s 2013 recruiting class coming out of high school in Los Angeles, Calif., , rated as the No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the country… and the No. 73 player at any position in that class… and the No. 9 player at any position in the state of California.  He took a redshirt as a true freshman, and would likely be forced to sit out the 2014 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.  Beginning in 2015, he’d then have three years of eligibility remaining.

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QB Mack Lowrie withdraws from Boston College

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Boston College quarterback Mack Lowrie has decided to withdraw from school, the Boston Herald reported on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-3, 207-pound freshman from the recruiting class of 2013 redshirted this past season and will have four seasons of eligibility remaining, though he will have to sit out a year if he goes to another FBS program.

According to the Herald, Lowrie withdrew from school because he doesn’t appear to be a fit with what the Eagles are trying to do on offense under coach Steve Addazio, who replaced Frank Spaziani before last season. Spaziani recruited Lowrie to BC out of West Roxbury, Mass.

The Eagles lost Chase Rettig to graduation, so the starting quarterback spot should be wide open heading into spring drills. Rising senior Josh Bordner, who backed up Rettig last season, is the favorite to win the job.

Report: Tyler Murphy, Addazio to stage reunion at BC

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Nearly a month to the day he announced his transfer from Florida, Tyler Murphy has found a new college football home.  And, as it turns out, the quarterback’s landing spot will include a very familiar face.

Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com, citing a source familiar with the situation, is reporting that Murphy has verbally committed to continue his playing career at Boston College.  Fowler writes that the senior “is working to enroll as early as this week.”

BC is coached by Steve Addazio, who served as a Gators assistant from 2005-10.  Murphy’s first year in the UF program was 2010.

Because he will have his degree in hand — he graduated in December — Murphy will be permitted to play immediately.  He will also compete for the starting job as starter Chase Rettig recently completed his senior season.

After UF starter Jeff Driskel suffered a season-ending injury in the third game of the 2013 season, Murphy went on to start the next six games.  Murphy’s own injury issues forced him out of the last three games of the season.  The shoulder injury is expected to be rehabbed in time to allow Murphy to participate in BC’s spring practice sessions, Fowler notes.

Murphy was a two-star member of the Gators’ 2010 recruiting class, rated as the No. 10 player at any position in the state of Connecticut.  The six games he started in 2013 were the only ones he started during his four years in Gainesville.

Sneak Peek: 2013 Advocare V100 Bowl

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WHO: 7-5 Arizona (Pac-12) vs.7-5 Boston College (ACC)

WHAT: Advocare V100 Bowl (38th year)

WHERE: Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louis.

WHEN: Dec. 31 at 12:30 p.m. ET

WHY: Two elite running backs will be under the spotlight in Shreveport on Tuesday afternoon.

Ka’Deem Carey of Arizona and Heisman finalist Andre Williams of Boston College will go toe-to-toe to see who’s the best back in the country. Williams gained 2,102 yards and 17 touchdowns and led the nation in rushing. Carey was right behind him with 1,716 yards and 17 touchdowns (in one less game). Both are the centerpieces of their team’s offensive attacks and both will be the focus of the other team’s defense.

Game on, gentlemen.

The Eagles were a hot team at the end of the season, winning four of its last five, while Arizona showed its mettle by thrashing Oregon by 26. No other team played Florida State as tough as BC, which lost to the Seminoles by just 14. The Wildcats lost three games by a touchdown or less. In other words, these teams are probably a little bit better than their records indicate.

As good as the running backs are, the game should turn on the play of the quarterbacks. B.J. Denker has come on strong for the Wildcats down the stretch run. He has 2,241 passing yards and 14 touchdowns plus 898 rushing yards and 12 scores. Chase Rettig has 17 touchdown passes and just six interceptions for the Eagles. This looks like a game between two evenly-matched teams with similar strengths and vastly different styles — Arizona with its spread and BC with its pound-it-up-the-gut pro style scheme.

This game should be entertaining, if nothing else.

PREDICTION: Arizona 31, Boston College 27