A little over a month after it was first reported, Darell Garretson‘s move to a Pac-12 school has been made officially official.
Oregon State announced Monday that Garretson has transferred into first-year head coach Gary Andersen‘s football program. The quarterback will be a walk-on initially at OSU, and is enrolled in classes for the summer term at the university.
Because of NCAA bylaws, Garretson will not be eligible to play in 2015. Beginning in 2016, he would then have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
After starting seven games as a freshman in 2013, Garretson played in just five games in 2014 before suffering a season-ending wrist injury. It was announced in late March that he was transferring out of USU.
Part of the draw for Garretson to the Beavers is that his former Aggies offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Kevin McGivens, is now the quarterbacks coach at OSU. Additionally, Andersen, prior to moving on to Wisconsin in late December of 2012, was USU’s head coach and recruited Garretson, who signed with the Aggies two months after Andersen left for Madison.
We don’t know yet to where Darell Garretson will be transferring. We do, though, know one place where he won’t be.
ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad tweeted that the former Utah State quarterback will be unable to transfer to Washington. Garretson had apparently expressed a desire in the Huskies, but because UW is a future USU opponent — the two teams will play in 2015 — the quarterback wasn’t given a release to that program.
As to where Garretson might end up, it was reported earlier this month that Oregon State is a very realistic possibility. Part of the draw for Garretson to the Beavers is that his former Aggies offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Kevin McGivens, is now the quarterbacks coach at OSU.
Schad also noted that the West Coast OSU is a possibility.
After starting seven games as a freshman in 2013, Garretson played in just five games in 2014 before suffering a season-ending wrist injury. It was announced late last month that he was transferring out of USU.
Garretson will be forced to sit out the 2015 season if he ends up at another FBS program. Beginning in 2016, he would then have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Luke Del Rio‘s mildly surprising decision to transfer this past week leaves Oregon State without a player on its roster who’s attempted a pass at the collegiate level. That dynamic, though, could change on down the road.
Citing sources close to the player’s family, Carter Williams of the Deseret News reported that former Utah State quarterback Darell Garretson, who announced late last month that he’s transferring from USU, is eyeing a transfer to Oregon State. Part of the draw for Garretson to the Beavers is that his former Aggies offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Kevin McGivens, is now the quarterbacks coach at OSU.
It should be noted that Garretson subsequently told The Oregonian that he’s had no contact with the Beavers, but at the same time acknowledged that he’d certainly be amenable to such a marriage — or just about any other nuptials for that matter.
“I’d be open to them just like I’d be open to anyone who contacts me,” Garretson said late this past week. “I don’t really have a place to play right now, so I’m just looking for the right fit.”
Garretson, if he were to land at OSU or any other FBS program, would be forced to sit out the 2015 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. He would then have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2016.
The addition of Garretson to the roster would lend immediate experience to the Beavers’ quarterback room as he started seven games as a freshman in 2013. He played in just five games in 2014 before suffering a season-ending wrist injury.
With Del Rio’s departure, it’s now a two-man fight for OSU’s starting job between true freshman Seth Collins and redshirt freshman Nick Mitchell. Redshirt freshman Marcus McMaryion is the only other scholarship quarterback on the roster.
None of those players, obviously, have attempted a pass at this level.
Utah State lost Darell Garretson for most of the 2014 season due to injury. Know they’re losing him to a departure for good measure.
USU announced in a release Tuesday that Garretson has decided to leave the Aggies football program. The quarterback will transfer to another team, although the destination is to be determined.
The fact that Chuckie Keeton received a fifth season of eligibility this past February and is poised to again take the starting reins may have played a role in Garretson’s decision.
“We thank Darell for his contributions to Utah State football the past two years and wish him the best in the future,” head coach Matt Wells said in a very brief statement.
Garretson started seven games as a freshman in 2013, but played in just five games in 2014 before suffering a season-ending wrist injury.
College football got a little more exciting Friday when one of the nation’s top quarterbacks was granted an extra year of eligibility.
Any question the Utah State Aggies had at the quarterback position may have been answered when the NCAA decided quarterback Chuckie Keeton would receive a fifth year.
Keeton, who is already holds multiple school records, is still recovering from a knee injury he suffered Sept. 13 against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. But he is expected back for fall camp and maybe earlier.
While Keeton’s return is a major boost for the program, he suffered a knee injury in each of the past two seasons. He’ll enter the fray in a quarterback competition alongside sophomore Kent Myers and junior Darell Garretson.
Prior to his injuries, Keeton threw for 3,373 yards and 27 touchdowns as a sophomore. The quarterback also ran for 619 more yards and eight touchdowns.
Keeton already holds the school’s record for completion perception. If he can play a full season in 2015, he has a chance to break the program’s records for career touchdown passes, completions and total offense.