Michigan sophomore quarterback Steven Threet has announced he will transfer to ASU in the fall. Under NCAA rules he must sit out the 2009 season before competing for the starting job in the 2010 . ASU fans welcome this news following the departures of Jack Elway and Chasen Stangel from the team, but they should be highly skeptical of Threet despite his Michigan pedigree. Actually, they should be highly skeptical BECAUSE of Threet’s Michigan pedigree. Threet will not become the next Jake Plummer or Andrew Walter. He is more likely to be a new Rudy Carpenter, sans the talent.
Threet is all too familiar with the mechanics of transfers for a scholarship football player. ASU will be his 3rd university. Coming out of high school, Threet decided to attend Georgia Tech. He even graduated early, like many aspiring players, so he could participate in Spring drills. However, after the Spring semester at Georgia Tech, he decided to transfer to Michigan to play for Lloyd Carr. A year later Carr was gone and Rich Rodriguez and his spread offense were in charge.
In 2008, Threet played in 8 games for a terrible Wolverine team, throwing for 1,105 yards and 9 TD’s while completing a mere 50% of his passes. Threet was not a good fit for the spread offense or, as it turns out, this whole “passing” thing. So Threet did what he does best: he picked up his carpet bags and headed out West. But, he didn’t make it all the way to Cali-fornee like the Joads, the Clampetts or Mitch Mustain (one, two, three rednecks AH AH AH!). He landed in Tempe. You see, when the going gets tough, Threet gets going . . . out of town (You’ve been great folks! Taste your waitress and tip the veal!). Not exactly what you want to see in a quarterback — lots of quit — but I guess it is better than whining to your dad and spreading rumors of substance abuse by another player to get your starting job.