Outgoing Virginia Cavaliers quarterback Ross Metheny will transfer to play for Sun Belt upstart South Alabama, he said Friday. Even though the Jaguars are joining FBS this season, he should still be able to play right away, as he's set to graduate soon. He'll enter USA (USA! USA!) with two years of eligibility left. The Jags have six quarterbacks on their spring roster, including 2011 starter C.J. Bennett.
The Washington Post has a quote from Metheny:
"Obviously, it's a tough decision for me," Metheny said. "It's a life-changing decision, really. It's a bold move that you've got to be willing to take, but with that being said, I wouldn't leave the University of Virginia without graduating from here. . . .
"My heart and soul is here at U-Va. I'm always going to be a Cavalier and a Wahoo, and that's another reason why it's important to me to graduate from here as a football alumni. That way when I'm 50 years old I can come back and kick it with my lifelong friends that I've made with my teammates here. That will mean a lot to me."
Metheny saw the field some as a freshman, but only got a handful of snaps in 2011 as a sophomore. He was rated a three-star quarterback coming out of high school by Rivals, with an offer also from the Connecticut Huskies.
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