“I’m actually going to go to Georgia and do the whole walk-on thing there.”
That was the word from Suwanee resident Mike Tamburo on Friday, who told the AJC earlier this week he intended to transfer from Boise State to some place “closer to home.”
Turns out that place is Athens, Ga.,, home of the Georgia Bulldogs and the team against which Tamburo’s current team opens the season in the Georgia Dome in September.
“I’ve been talking to Georgia and to Coach [Mike] Bobo and I just liked everything about the idea of going there,” said Tamburo, a record-setting quarterback out of North Gwinnett High. “There’s the football program, the tradition and all that. I know about the all the guys on the depth chart and all that. But that’s not what this is about. I’m just lokking for a fresh start.”
Tamburo is alluding to the fact that Georgia is young at the quarterback position. Aaron Murray returns as a sophomore starter for the Bulldogs and sophomore Hutson Mason and true freshman Christian LeMay are already in the fold.
Tamburo, who will be a redshirt sophomore this fall, was unable to get on the field for the Broncos and had fallen behind on the depth chart. But while he intends to compete once he gets to Athens, this was probably more of an educational decision.
“As I’ve seen here, academics are the most important thing,” Tamburo said. “I’m a business major and [UGA has] a Top 10 business school. So I was looking at that as much as anything.”
Tamburo said he seriously considered transferring to Georgia State, an FCS school that could sorely use his help. The Panthers recently lost starting quarterback Drew Little to a four-game suspension and backup Star Jackson, who left the team.
“Yeah, I talked to them,” said Tamburo, who accounted for 8,476 total yards and 90 touchdowns while playing for Bob Sphire at North Gwinnett High. “I’ve got a couple of buddies that play there and my little sister (Kristin Tamburo) is going there to play soccer. But there were a lot of things that went into my decision.”
Tamburo has to complete the spring semester at Boise State, which ends May 12, then will enroll at Georgia as quickly as possible. He’ll have to sit out this season per NCAA transfer rules. But he may still be able to help the Bulldogs a little when they meet Boise State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome this fall.
“Well, I know [Boise] personnel wise,” he said. “I know the general lineup and stuff. But that’s not really anything you can’t see on film. I don’t know, maybe I can help them with a few things.”
Meanwhile, Tamburo’s biggest problem may come after he finishes his exams in Boise. He has to drive his pickup truck all the way back to Georgia. He only recently got his truck out there.
“It’s all the way across the country, basically,” he sighed. “It may be June before I get there.”