Pete Hargis transfers to Northern Arizona

Quarterback Pete Hargis wrestled with several questions when he left the Army football team this spring. Would he play again? Would another school be interested? How would he market himself? "It was tough," Hargis says.

Instead of feeling sorry for himself, Hargis began working the phones, calling coaches. He sent out films, went on interviews and has landed a full athletic scholarship to play at Northern Arizona.

"I'm excited to be playing," said Hargis, who lives in Phoenix. "Especially after the period I went through when I wasn't sure what was going on. I didn't know if I was going to end up at a community college or what."

Because Northern Arizona is a Division I-AA school Hargis won't have to sit out a year. He expects to serve as senior starter Jason Murrietta's back-up. Northern Arizona, which went 3-8 last year, runs a shotgun offense. However, Hargis, a freshman, said Northern Arizona coach Jerome Sauers may mix in some option to suit him. Hargis' ability to run the scheme intrigued so many Army fans and gave him a shot at competing for the starting job with David Pevoto during spring drills. Hargis served as the scout quarterback for Army's games against rivals Air Force and Navy last year.

Hargis never competed during spring camp and left West Point shortly after practices began. At the time, Hargis' mother, Gloria, said he left because he was struggling with academics. Pete Hargis said that isn't true. He maintains that he was getting B's and C's in classes.

"It was just a lot of personal reasons," Hargis says. "My grandfather died and another one was sick. I want to be a pharmacist and by the time I get out of the Army I will be too old."

Hargis said Army coach Bobby Ross asked him to stay.

"He said things would get easier, but I wanted to leave," Hargis says.

Despite the break-up, Hargis said he has only good things to say about Army and will root for the Black Knights this fall.

"I'll definitely watch all of the games, just about all of them are on television," Hargis says. "David Pevoto is a good friend of mine. I will be pulling for him and the rest of the team."


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