Feb. 17, 2011
TUCSON--Quarterback Tom Savage, a freshman All-American at Rutgers in 2009, has signed an official financial aid agreement with the University of Arizona and will enroll in the summer.
Savage, 6-foot-5, 240, will have to sit out the 2011 season and will have two years' eligibility beginning in 2012. He played as a true freshman at Rutgers, helping lead the team to a 9-4 record and victory in the St. Petersburg Bowl.
"Tom's a great addition to our recruiting class," said UA Coach Mike Stoops. "It gives ua a game-experienced quarterback to compete in the near future. Getting him is similar to us getting Nick (Foles) as a transfer a few years back," Stoops said.
Foles enters his senior year as the Cats' top signal caller, with fellow seniors Matt Scott and Bryson Beirne as capable backups. Coaches have indicated Scott would consider a redshirt year, so getting Savage could put two experienced quarterbacks in the mix entering 2012.
Savage, of Springfield, Pa., played in 12 games as freshman, completing 149 of 285 throws for 2,211 yards and 14 touchdowns. He earned a frosh All-America citation from The Sporting News. After entering 2010 as a Maxwell Award cnadidate, he injured a hand after four games and did not regain the top job, finishing the year with 43-for-83 passing for 521 yards and three scores.
He was a five-star recruit out of Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield.