Michael Birdsong

Transfer pares down Herd’s QB depth chart

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Late last month, Marshall confirmed that Michael Birdsong is its choice to replace Rakeem Cato at quarterback exiting spring.  Nearly two weeks, one of those on the outside of the starting job is now on the outside of the Herd football program.

Late this past week, Cole Garvin confirmed to multiple media outlets that he has decided to transfer from the Herd and continue his playing career at an undetermined location.  No specific reason was given for his decision, although positioning in the quarterback pecking order would be a good place to start if you were looking for one.

If Garvin were to transfer to an FBS program he’d be forced to sit out the 2015 season to satisfy NCAA bylaws, although the Huntington Herald-Dispatch wrote that “[t]he likelihood is that Garvin will move down to the FCS level where he would be immediately eligible to play.”  If dropping down a rung on the college football ladder is his ultimate next step, he’d have four years of eligibility remaining. If he stays at the FBS level, he’d have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out 2015.

It appears, though, that he’s intent on being eligible to play in 2015 as his list of prospective schools includes FCS programs Mercer, Samford, Furman, Chattanooga and UT-Martin, the Herald-Dispatch reports.

Garvin was a three-star member of the Herd’s 2014 recruiting class coming out of high school in Tyrone, Georgia.  In addition to Marshall, Garvin held offers from UAB, Arkansas State, Charlotte, FIU, Georgia State, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, South Alabama, Southern Miss and Western Kentucky.

He took a redshirt as a true freshman last season.

With Garvin’s departure, that leaves the Herd with Birdsong, junior Gunnar Holcombe and freshmen Chase Litton currently on the depth chart.

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