QB Mike Tamburo to transfer to UGA from Boise State

“I’m actually going to go to Georgia and do the whole walk-on thing there.”

Tamburo

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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.”

197 comments Add your comment

FL Dawg

March 11th, 2011
3:45 pm

FL Dawg

March 11th, 2011
3:49 pm

Okay okay sorry I couldn’t resist. I haven’t seen guy play but it sounds like he has a good head on his shoulders. Welcome to bulldawg nation Mr. Tamburo!

LFG DAWGS!!!

Randall "Pink" Floyd

March 11th, 2011
3:50 pm

He’s gotta be able to help a little with the Boise game. No problem with him walking on.

hmmmm.......

March 11th, 2011
3:58 pm

It’s always nice to have depth at the qb spot but i wonder if he’ll ever play?

Paul H

March 11th, 2011
4:02 pm

Sounds like he wants to be part of the tradition but school is his main focus. Welcome!

Axlrodes

March 11th, 2011
4:02 pm

Chip, is this going to eat up a scholarship?

always nice to see one of your own come home

Hunting Dawg

March 11th, 2011
4:05 pm

Axlrodes, this will not take a scholarship as he will be a walk-on.

Shannon in Athens

March 11th, 2011
4:07 pm

Axlrodes, No it won’t. Thus the term “walk on”

Joe Mayo

March 11th, 2011
4:14 pm

Is Tamburo left-handed?

I think I remember him and North Gwinnett playing against Tift County in the playoffs in 2006. That was by far the worst officiated game I have ever seen. I have seen dozens of bad officiated games, but that one tops them all.

The Sham

March 11th, 2011
4:22 pm

It’s a 3 day drive not 3 weeks! If he thinks that road is long, wait until he sees the road to playing time… I hope patience is a virtue in this situation.

Don’t get me wrong. Dept is nice for my Dawgs, but lets not slight GSU’s business school either. It’s a pretty legite program. Combine that with the chance to actually play, this is one Dawg who’s scratching his head… and not bc of fleas…

schmeckdawg

March 11th, 2011
4:22 pm

Changing the subject here but does anyone know who the dumb ass for The UGA Basketball team is who put up a 3 point shot with about 19 seconds to go and The DAWGS up by two is? What a f*****g moron!!!!! Why even take a shot? Let bama foul you and go to the line. I really hope that Fox didn’t know that he was going to take that shot. Jeez I am pi$$ed!

The Sham

March 11th, 2011
4:24 pm

Depth that is… as was legit

I cut some words short and add to others… Let’s just say, I’m not an English teacher.

Bitter daws fan

March 11th, 2011
4:33 pm

finish the drill————-hoop dawgs——–foxxxxxx—————–

PS————bamma fans finished the killing of oak trees——–necks

showmedog

March 11th, 2011
4:35 pm

Mark Richt needs all the help he can get. Obviously, CMR is no brain as a HC.

chem

March 11th, 2011
4:42 pm

He’s athletic but doesn’t have much arm strength.

BRONCO MANIA

March 11th, 2011
4:42 pm

POOR POOR DOGGIE… THE BOISE IS COMING TO THE DOME TO KILL THE MUTTS AND END RICHTS REIGN…. BE AFRAID… BE VERY AFRAID

Congrats from a GT Alum

March 11th, 2011
4:43 pm

Congratulation to Mr. Tamburo. I wish him success. I know GSU would have loved to have him, but it sounds like he chose where he would be happiest in the long term. This time it doesn’t sound like a “its just about football” decision. After his experience at Boise State, it sounds like he has his priorities straight. I think he knows that he won’t beat out Murray, but probably feels he is at least on par with any of the backups. And as Murray’s ankle injury a few weeks ago shows, you never know when the backup might become the starter. But if not, I think he will still be happy. So best of luck, and hope you enjoy your time at UGA.

ET

March 11th, 2011
4:51 pm

I’m not real sure this is a big deal. The guy isn’t going to see any time on the field. AND as he stated there isn’t anything he can add to the info that the UGA coaches already will have on Boise St. from watching game film. I’d rather talk about that 3 point shot with 19 secs. left also…

Kevrock

March 11th, 2011
4:53 pm

I saw Tamburo Play a great deal. He plays a lot like a mini-Steve Young. Left Handed, Very Accurate, Throws a consistent tight spiral, and very athletic. So many things can happen in a two to three seasons. You never know who might get hurt, transfer, go pro. Good Luck to him he’s a great kid and a student of the game.

Dawg Consultant

March 11th, 2011
4:55 pm

Congratulations Mr. Tamburo. Welcome to the Dawg Nation. This is a good reminder to all of these rabid college football fans that it is not all about being a star and making it to the next level. I doubt he will ever see the field at UGA. It will however, help him prepare for life after the girdiron.

STEINER

March 11th, 2011
4:55 pm

BRONCO MANIA:
We’re gonna kick that A$$ again just like we did in Athens couple years ago….We gonna be ready!!!!

PB

March 11th, 2011
4:55 pm

Shows the type of program Boise has……

Boise can’t/won’t use him and he may as good as Georgia’s starting QB or at least as good as the backups..

You know you’ve gone a long way when the SEC power (hehe) Georgia is taken Boise’s throwaways.

Can’t wait til Geogia fans see what its like to play against the best QB in the country currently, and what will be one of the best NCAA QB’s ever. Georgia’s in for a big big surprise and letdown when Boise invades the Dome and CLAIMS IT AS BOISE STATE PROPERTY, just like Fed Ex Field!

Just like Autzen stadium! Just like the Fiesta Bowl!…………………….. (insert next field here)

Boise Dawg

March 11th, 2011
4:58 pm

I hate to be down on this kid, but it doesn’t seem like he really cares about playing playing football. He had a shot to play at GSU or equivalent school… he has no chance at Georgia.

Boise really struggled with their back up QBs last year… they had plenty of blowouts but nobody could move the offense except Kellen Moore. If he was their 3rd string… he will no better than 4th string for Georiga.

I guess Bobo convinced him he would make a great clipboard holder… the only good that could come from this is giving Bobo some offensive playcalling tips.

Kazzy

March 11th, 2011
4:59 pm

I’d like to apologize for all of the Bronco fans on here, they don’t represent the way Boise State fans normally act.. Good luck to Mike, hopefully he gets what he’s looking for, Georgia has a great school.

Roberta Robokowitz

March 11th, 2011
5:00 pm

Don’t understand why you would want to be a walk on and probably never play when you could be a starter and play every game at a smaller school. Doesn’t sound too smart to me. But, for some, I guess standing around and watching the game is good enough.

chem

March 11th, 2011
5:00 pm

Tamburo is coming home, PB. He’d rather be a walk-on at Georgia than a scholarship player at Boise.

PB

March 11th, 2011
5:03 pm

Boise Dawg……… I seem to remember different.

Our 2 main backups did quite well, the only problem was we just ran it because it was 52-0 by 3rd qtr and CP didn’t want to run up the score with the backups… I think we have 2 excellent backups, Southwick can throw and run.

PB

March 11th, 2011
5:05 pm

Chem………

You mean he’d rather get a chance to play than know he won’t play. But nice try.

Mark Fox

March 11th, 2011
5:10 pm

Can the guy play Basketball? I need winners and not a bunch of losers with their heads hanging down.

Boise Dawg

March 11th, 2011
5:17 pm

PB Southwick has potential and is much more athletic than Moore, but in most of his clean up duties that I saw the offense struggled to move the ball…lots of 3 and outs.

Go back and look at the box scores, I think Southwick was responsible for maybe 7 points all season and plenty of games were he played most of the second half. Now in fairness he was also working with Avery instead of Martin, but he also wasn’t exactly playing against top tier defenses.

One of my coworkers is a BSU grad and die hard Bronco fan… his biggest fear was Moore getting hurt because he felt BSU had no chance with Southwick.

bigdsel

March 11th, 2011
5:23 pm

i hope this kid aint a spy for Boise st.

Hoopster

March 11th, 2011
5:32 pm

Top 10 Business School? Keep dreaming, kid.

Joey

March 11th, 2011
5:44 pm

After learning Boise’s offense, Bobo is gonna bore him to death . . . Run, run, pass, punt. Run, run, pass, punt . . .

Debbie Downer

March 11th, 2011
5:46 pm

So Georgia State can’t get the best high school senior (Taylor Hienicke) and we can’t get another former local QB transferring back him. This news comes after Drew Little is suspended for four games. We’re going to have a long season.

Railey

March 11th, 2011
5:51 pm

Great move by Tamburo.

What will happen is, Lemay and Mason will battle throught the Spring only to find out Murray’s been entitled to start again. Mason and/or Lemay will then transfer, opening up a nice spot for Tamburo.

Also, good move by Bobo anticipating a transfer this summer. After all, the past 2 summers a UGA QB has transferred each summer.

MassiveDawg

March 11th, 2011
5:54 pm

Does anyone hve any news on the Five Star Samoans coming out of Pago Pago? Also, I hear Vasi “Tombstone” Papulu has gained thirty pounds and is primed for JC!

just the truth

March 11th, 2011
5:55 pm

A couple other guys are beat me out me so I’ll QUIT !!

Poleesemenses

March 11th, 2011
5:57 pm

Be careful UGA. Mikey’s dad has ruined more than one of his siblings careers!

wolfman

March 11th, 2011
6:07 pm

UGA a top 10 business school? What list is he looking at????

Hurt Kurbstreit

March 11th, 2011
6:12 pm

I watched Tamburo play in high school a couple of times and he can really play. He is a very moble left handed QB. I wondered why he didn’t get some big offers closer to home. However, he’s going to be caught in a log jam at UGA. We have several good QB’s already. Tamburo will be about 4th in line to play.

Randall "Pink" Floyd

March 11th, 2011
6:17 pm

Boise fans have very short memories. Guess it will take yet another complete humiliation to put them back in their rightful place.

YellerSkeeters Are Peter Eaters!

March 11th, 2011
6:20 pm

Better to have more quality players, than to not have enough quality players. Ain’t that right, North Avenue Nancy Boys? Them “Nancys” haven’t had a quality QB since Reggie Ball — oh how we loved him as your Starter — always so gracious while playing “for” the Dawgs!

Grim Reaper

March 11th, 2011
6:35 pm

If Dawgs lose to the “mashed potatoes” I won’t be able to conain myself, that said, I don’t see it happening, even UGA couldn’t choke that bad. Maybe the Dawgs should pain the field red for the game..,..
Nice comment on callin’ Skeeters “Nancy Boys”….

mom3boys

March 11th, 2011
6:52 pm

I’ve known Mikey since kindergarten. He’s a very smart kid. He can get HOPE since he graduated from a GA high school. What his parents save flying to Boise for games will pay for food/rent/books. Now he’s close to home and friends, and there’s a whole lot less snow. Good luck, kid!

woebegong

March 11th, 2011
7:08 pm

This young man sounds like he has his head on right. Academics first for him, since I am sure he knows that the next step after college in sports, is probably not in the books for him. I don’t see how anybody could berate this young man. I think he made a mature, wise decision for himself. Good luck in the future.

Birrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd Man

March 11th, 2011
7:10 pm

Going to drive his truck back to Ga.? Wow! A Bulldawg with and actual license?

Teacher

March 11th, 2011
7:13 pm

@PB

Shiver me timbers…….aren’t you that little team that has the orange, I mean red, I mean blue field………?

RRTDawgs

March 11th, 2011
7:17 pm

I am happy for the kid welcome to dawg nation man what those 4 Auburn players with the home invasion and robbery is a lot worst than what any UGA player did .

El Dudearino

March 11th, 2011
7:25 pm

Can you blame the guy? He’s been trolling with Idaho Spuds for two years. Come to Athens young man. That place is full of Georgia Peaches!

Go Dawgs!

Win with Richt!

Ryan

March 11th, 2011
7:34 pm

Hahahaha, UGA is now relegated to taking players who can’t make the team at Boise State. Haha