MISSOULA -- Josh Swogger, who started six games at
quarterback for Washington State in 2004, said he is transferring
to Montana for his senior season.
Swogger announced at the end of the 2005 season that he would
transfer to seek more playing time with a team that had a chance to
win a national championship. Swogger has immediate eligibility at
Montana, an NCAA Division I-AA school.
Swogger missed the second half of the 2004 season with a broken
foot, and sophomore Alex Brink retained the starting job after a
close competition this fall. Swogger, a former Ohio high school
player of the year, made brief appearances in just three games this
Both quarterbacks who started for Montana this season, redshirt
freshman Cole Berquist and junior Jason Washington, are expected to
return. However, the strong-armed Swogger said Montana coaches
"told me I'd be the starter going into spring ball. But I'm not
expecting anything to be given to me."
Swogger said he also gave serious consideration to I-AA schools
Eastern Washington and Youngstown State. He made recruiting visits
to those schools, Montana and Montana State.
In 2004, Swogger completed 47 percent of his passes for 1,283
yards, 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions.