Hawaii QB Rolovich transferring to Montana St.

Updated: December 8, 2005, 7:06 PM ET
Associated Press

HONOLULU -- Hawaii sophomore quarterback Jack Rolovich said he is transferring to Montana State in hopes of playing next season.

The 6-foot-3, 221-pound Rolovich won't be forced to sit out a season because Montana State is a Division I-AA program. Under NCAA rules, he would have been required to redshirt in 2006 if he transferred to another Division I school.

"I'm always going to keep a little bit of Hawaii in my heart," Rolovich said. "All the players were great to me."

Former Warriors running back Mike Bass, who just finished his senior season with the Bobcats, helped recruit Rolovich to Montana State.

"He said he loved it over there, even though the climate is a little different," Rolovich told the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. "The offense has some of the same concepts as UH, except they run the ball a lot more."

Rolovich, who chose Hawaii over California, did not take a snap this season and saw limited action in two games in 2004. He redshirted in 2003.

Last month, Rolovich requested a release from his football scholarship, which allowed him to talk with other schools. He also considered UC Davis, Montana and Eastern Washington.

Rolovich is the brother of former Hawaii quarterback Nick Rolovich, who led the Warriors to a 9-3 season in 2001 and holds the school record for passing yards in a game with 543.

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