Arizona quarterback transfering to Vanderbilt

Arizona officially loses a quarterback as one of the Wildcat signal callers has decided to transfer to another school. There have been internet rumors and speculation as to the future of the position at Arizona and now it becomes a little clearer. has confirmed that former Arizona starting quarterback Richard Kovalcheck has officially graduated from the University of Arizona and has decided to transfer to another school.

Kovalcheck, a redshirt sophomore, has decided to enroll at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Kovalcheck will be on scholarship and will enroll in Vanderbilt's MBA program.

Since he graduated in just three years and he redshirted for a year he has two years of eligibility remaining. Also since he did graduate and is considered a graduate level transfer he will not have to sit out a year per the normal NCAA transfer rules nad he will be eligible to suit up for the Commodores in 2006.

Kovalcheck started the 2005 season as the starting quarterback in Tucson before ultimately losing the job to true freshman sensation Willie Tuitama in the first quarter of the Oregon game.

"Vanderbilt is a good place for him I think," said Arizona Offensive Coordinator Mike Canales, who coached Kovalcheck for two years. "He will have a chance to go in and battle and I think it will be a good change for him. He needed a change and Vandy seems like a good fit for him so I am happy for him. He did what he needed to do in the classroom so he is eligible right away so things look good for him."

The move by Kovalcheck is not surprising since he did not participate in Spring Football. His transfer officially leaves the Cats with three quarterbacks on the roster until August when freshmen officially report.

2005 Kovalcheck passing stats at Arizona
PASSING         GP   Effic Att-Cmp-Int   Pct  Yds  TD Lng Avg/G
Kovalcheck, R.   8  113.40 220-125-11   56.8 1351  10  42 168.9

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