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Utah State football: Oregon QB transferring to Aggies
First Published May 28 2014 05:21 pm • Last Updated May 28 2014 10:06 pm

Utah State is adding another name to the mix of quarterbacks hoping to star in the future with the news that Damion Hobbs is transferring from Oregon to Utah State.

Hobbs redshirted with Oregon last season then decided to transfer. He had plans to sign with the Aggies out of high school but a last-minute offer from Oregon swayed him to change his mind. Now he has decided Logan is the best place for him after all.

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"I am thankful for the opportunity I had at Oregon, but things simply didn’t work out football-wise," he said. "I’ve been to Utah State and had a good rapport with the coaches so everything was in place and it just felt right."

Hobbs starred at Cedar Hill H.S. in Texas, where he threw for 2,769 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 808 yards and 12 touchdown in his senior season.

A versatile athlete, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Hobbs said he is eager to make an impact with the Aggies.

"I just want to bring that winning attitude to the program," he said. "They’ve been doing that there lately and winning games but I want to keep it going and really want to win and learn as much as I can. I want to come in and be a good teammate too right off the bat."

Hobbs’ biggest competition for the quarterback spot could come from Darell Garretson, who played in eight games in 2013 when Chuckie Keeton was hurt. He went 6-1 as a starter and finished the year completing 126-of-209 passes for 1,446 yards with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Kent Myers, a dual threat quarterback out of Texas, is another who could be in the mix for the starting role.

Hobbs said he doesn’t mind the competition.

"I’ll do whatever it takes to help the team," he said. "I’ll do anything for the team to win. If it involves me running the ball 20 times I will do that or if it involves me putting the ball in the air 20 times I will do that."

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Lya Wodraska

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