Threet to transfer from Michigan

Updated: April 27, 2009, 8:56 PM ET
By Joe Schad | ESPN.com

Quarterback Steven Threet, a redshirt freshman who started eight games for Michigan last season, has decided to transfer to Arizona State.

The 6-foot-6 Threet would sit out the 2009 season and have two years of eligibility remaining.

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Threet also considered Oregon State but developed a relationship with the Arizona State coaching staff and had an excellent visit over the weekend.

Threet wanted to fit into a pro-style offense after having been previously enrolled at both Georgia Tech and Michigan. A pocket passer who was recruited by former Wolverines coach Lloyd Carr, Threet seemed a poor fit with Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez's offense, which favors mobile quarterbacks.

Still, Threet started eight games as a redshirt freshman last year, passing for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns with seven interceptions.

"I like the pro style offense and the coaching staff at Arizona State," Threet said on Monday. "My career has been filled with ups and downs and coaching changes aren't easy. I was at Georgia Tech for two weeks when they changed coaches. Michigan had the same coaches for like 30 years and then they change.

"When Coach [Lloyd] Carr retired I wanted to transfer," Threet said. "But I took Coach [Rich] Rodriguez at his word about the offense. I tried to stick it out. I tried to help Michigan win. But in the end the offense didn't fit me. They have a run first offense at every position. What they want is Pat White and that's not me."

Arizona State has three quarterbacks on scholarship -- senior Danny Sullivan, sophomore Samson Szakacsy and freshman Brock Osweiler. Jack Elway, son of NFL Hall of Famer John Elway, has quit football and Chasen Stangel is leaving the program.

Joe Schad covers college football for ESPN. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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