Rollison also considered Texas Tech

Updated: February 24, 2010, 2:16 PM ET
By Joe Schad | ESPN

Auburn quarterback Tyrik Rollison is transferring to Sam Houston State, his father said Wednesday.

"He wants to come closer to home," Michael Kelly said. "It's a go. He was just unhappy there. I think that's the reason they went out and got another quarterback."

Kelly was referring to Cameron Newton, the former Florida and Blinn College quarterback who transferred to Auburn and is eligible to play this season.

Rollison, of Sulphur Springs, Texas, was a highly recruited player who was redshirted in his first season.

"I know Ty considered [transferring to] Texas Tech," Kelly said of the program coached by newly hired Tommy Tuberville, who had recruited him to Auburn. "But Ty doesn't want to sit out another season. He is ready to play. He stuck it out but he wants to come home."

Kelly said Rollison was suspended from the Outback Bowl, a 38-35 Auburn victory over Northwestern, for academic reasons.

"He was really disappointed and really hurt about all that," Kelly said. "But he's told the coaches he is leaving. Ty plans to finish out his classes, then head to Sam Houston State in time to play this season."

Rollison, at 6-feet, 194 pounds, passed for 4,728 yards and 51 touchdowns and rushed for 1,094 yards as a senior, leading Sulphur Springs to the Class 4A Division II state championship.

Joe Schad is a national college football reporter for ESPN.

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