I'll admit that I was sad when I first read that Rutgers' quarterback Tom Savage plans to transfer. After all, he was once the star quarterback and the future of a great Rutgers football team.
But when I read the following words said by Savage, I'm not upset at all with Savage's impending transfer.
"Being a competitor, you obviously want to play and stuff. That's really what kicked it off."
However, his actions have shown the opposite. Tom Savage is NOT a competitor.
Savage was told by Rutgers Head Coach Greg Schiano that he's a better fit for the offense of new offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti.
He was told he would have a fair chance to compete for the starting job this spring.
Starting wide receivers Mohamed Sanu, Mark Harrison, Jeremy Deering, and tight end D.C. Jeffereson all return with more experience.
Cignetti knows how to use quarterbacks like Savage, developed quarterbacks Bill Stull, Tino Sunseri, and Kevin Riley, and will use the Wildcat less to let the QB get into a rhythm. With all this in his favor, one would think that Savage would stay to try to win the job back.
Bur he decided to leave.
If Savage was the competitor that he claims to be, he would stay at Rutgers and win the starting job back from Chas Dodd; something Rutgers fans know he can do.
He has a great arm and very good accuracy. He can make any throw on the field when he does get rid of the ball and has shown this in a few short glimpses this past season and in much of the 2009 season. He also has a lot more playing experience than Dodd does.
In a Bleacher Report poll of 150 members, roughly 70% voted that Savage should start next season.
Yet, Savage is essentially quitting and saying, "I'm not that big of a competitor because I don't want to compete for a job that I can win."
I wish good luck to Tom Savage wherever he decides to transfer to. Hopefully he will find the drive that will make him the successful quarterback that everyone knows he can be. If he doesn't learn to be the competitor he claims to be, Savage's future looks bleak.