By DARRYL MAXIE / firstname.lastname@example.org
Former Buford quarterback Justin Roper, who last week announced his decision to transfer from Oregon, says he wants to play closer to home and is willing to play in the Football Championship Subdivision. Of course, anybody who knows a thing about American geography realizes closer to home from Oregon could mean just about anyplace east of the Pacific Time Zone.
Roper said he doesn’t think larger schools will want to give him two years of scholarship for only one year of eligibility, but if he transfers to what used to be known as Division I-AA, he wouldn’t have to sit out one of his last two years of eligibility.
“I’m open to anything,” Roper told the Oregonian.
He doesn’t know where “anything” might lead, but wants it to be someplace where he can start. Once Jeremiah Masoli beat Roper for Oregon’s starting job in the spring, Roper talked with his family and decided the time was right to move on. Even though Oregon has had to dig deep into its bag of QBs because of injuries the past two seasons, Roper didn’t want to gamble whatever playing time he’s going to get on whether Masoli gets hurt or not.
Still, he doesn’t know where the next snap he takes will come from. If Roper looked at, say, Georgia State — just to pull a nearby FCS school out of a hat — he could give the Panthers an experienced college quarterback from their first snap, while guys like Drew Little from Henry County and Kelton Hill from Lithia Springs mature.
“It may not be up to me,” Roper said. “It might be who wants me.”
For more of what Roper’s thinking, take a look at this blog for The Oregonian.