QB Lagow Felt Crowded

Two weeks ago today, freshman quarterback Richard Lagow said he felt "good" about being at UConn and was ready to help the Huskies "in some way." Now he has packed his bags, moved out of Storrs when most students are moving in, and has walked on with the Oklahoma State football team.

Strange things can happen during college football's preseason camps and Connecticut learned that lesson again this week.

Lagow, a 6-6 true freshman from Plano, Tex., tweeted out Tuesday that he was leaving UConn and heading home. One day later he told The Tulsa World he was transferring to OSU and hoped to be through the admissions process and on the field practicing no later than Monday.

The quarterback spot at UConn is featuring a lot of competition this season, but Lagow was getting regular work along with the other four in the mix. UConn's depth chart for next week's opener against Towson lists incumbent Chandler Whitmer as the starter with redshirt freshman Casey Cochran in the No. 2 spot. True freshmen Tim Boyle and Kivon Taylor will now battle for the No. 3 spot.

Lagow was the first of the three freshmen to commit but when Boyle de-committed from Boston College to sign with UConn and the Huskies also inked Taylor, Lagow decided not to sign on national letter of intent day. After considering his options, he finally signed with UConn and arrived in Storrs for summer school on June 24. He completed two courses before preseason camp opened in early August.

"On signing day, I needed to step back and take a deep breath, think it all over," Lagow said in an Aug. 9 interview. "I wanted to be sure this is where I wanted to go before I signed the letter. By the end of the next day I realized that was still where I wanted to there. That's where I wanted to be.

"I'm here and I'm excited to be here. Yes, I feel good to be here."

Lagow said he wasn't looking forward to his Storrs winter and snow accumulating, but he had no complaint about the summer weather.

"The first couple of weeks were tough, being far from home and not seeing everybody I usually see every day," Lagow said of being away from home. "Once I got into the rhythm of things, with workouts and learning the playbook, it occupied so much of my time, I found myself not really thinking about it."

Lagow made those comments on UConn Media Day in Storrs. He said the UConn playbook was complicated but he was learning it.

"There are a lot of guys [at quarterback]," he said. "We split up the reps and obviously Chandler and Casey are getting the majority of the reps. We know it's a competition between us three freshmen – and the older guys too. But we all get along well. We don't hate each other off the field. We joke around and laugh but when it's time to get serious, we get serious.

"I'm not sure where I am on the depth chart, I just want to do everything I can to contribute to the team and help some way."

Lagow told the Tulsa newspaper he left because of the surplus of quarterbacks.

"I didn't leave because I was homesick," Lagow said. "But it's nice to be close to home."

Ironically, UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni had mentioned Lagow during a speech earlier on Tuesday when talking about the quarterbacks and their progress in camp. UConn will hold its pre-game press conference for the Towson game on Sunday in Storrs and it is likely Pasqualoni will be asked about Lagow's situation.

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