After spending two seasons watching from the sidelines, redshirt sophomore quarterback Michael Eubank has decided to transfer from Arizona State in hopes of keeping his football career afloat. From a long-term perspective, it was a smart move for the former four-star recruit.
Originally signed in the Dennis Erickson era, Eubank was seen as an exciting quarterback prospect who could take the Sun Devils offense to new heights. Instead, he had fell by the wayside once Todd Graham took over as head coach and never managed to unbury himself on the depth chart.
Eubank spent the entire 2013 season as Arizona State’s third-string quarterback, playing behind starter Taylor Kelly and backup Mike Berkovici. The sophomore played in only six games, rushing 13 times for 20 yards and three touchdowns while only throwing five passes. The Sun Devils only used his athleticism in goal line situations, while otherwise ignoring his physical tools.
Kelly is a junior, and will likely return for his senior season. Berkovici has shown promise and is also a redshirt sophomore. The Sun Devils also have prep passer Manny Wilkins committed as part of the 2014 recruiting class, so there was little hope for Eubank’s future at Arizona State.
Now headed out of Tempe, Eubank will have an opportunity to find a FCS school that best fits his skill set and playing time preferences. With only two years of eligibility left, he’d be wise to avoid joining another FBS school.
Several quarterbacks have watched their stock rise in recent years after dropping to the FCSlevel. Brad Sorensen was a seventh-round pick in 2013 after transferring to Southern Utah from BYU. Aaron Corp left USC for Richmond a few years back, and has bounced around the NFL ever since.
While it’s not to say that Eubank is a sure-fire NFL prospect, he’ll certainly be helping his chances by jumping down a division and playing for an FCS school who he can be a star for.
Eubank made the right choice to transfer from Arizona State. Instead of watching his talent go to waste, he can help a FCS school become relevant and give himself a shot at continuing his football career as a pro.