Well, this sucks.
Murray State rescinded a scholarship promise to former UH quarterback Aaron Zwahlen two weeks before the start of the school’s spring semester.
Zwahlen, who had an amicable parting from UH last month, now will join Southern Utah as a walk-on this semester.
Zwahlen was scheduled to visit Murray State yesterday. But the past Monday, Zwahlen said, “the head coach (Mitch Stewart) texted me saying, ‘Hey, we’ll talk tomorrow about it.”
Zwahlen said on Tuesday he received a call from an assistant coach “saying. ‘they don’t have a scholarship for you anymore. The head coach has a good friend whose son is transferring to this school, to Murray State. … We have to take him, and we can’t take you anymore.'”
It was announced this week Shuler Bentley is transferring from Old Dominion, where he was a third-string quarterback this past season, to Murray State.
Zwahlen is admittedly peeved, noting he made changes “based off what the coach said. I trusted the coach.”
Now, Zwahlen said, “I’m going to walk on at Southern Utah (and) spend thousands of dollars for an education I had for free.”
Zwahlen, who was on ESPN top 300 list as a high school senior, signed with UH in February 2013. He joined the Warriors in May 2015 after serving a two-year church mission in Maryland. Zwahlen redshirted in 2015 and played in one game this past season.
In a mutual parting, Zwahlen decided to transfer to a program that fit his drop-back skills. The Warriors’ hybrid offense features elements of spread, four wide, and RPO (run-pass-option). Dru Brown is the No. 1 quarterback. Three promising quarterbacks who redshirted in 2016 — Cole McDonald, Cole Brownholtz and Kyle Gallup — join the competition this semester.
Southern Utah, like Murray State, competes in FCS. Zwahlen will not have to redshirt as part of his transfer. He will have three years to play three seasons.