Arizona dismisses backup QB Allen
Just this week, Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said he isn’t against collecting quarterbacks for the future. But his collection will have one fewer entering Tuesday’s meeting with Boston College in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl.
Rodriguez announced late Saturday that backup quarterback Javelle Allen has been dismissed from the team. According to Rodriguez, Allen violated team rules and is no longer on the team. He did not tell reporters in Louisiana what the violations were.
Rodriguez said third-string quarterback Jesse Scroggins, a junior college transfer who started his career at USC, and Nick Isham, a transfer from Louisiana Tech, will be the backups to starter B.J. Denker in the bowl game.
"It will be an either-or deal with those two," Rodriguez told the Arizona Daily Star.
Allen, a redshirt freshman, played in five games and rushed for 79 yards and one touchdown. He scored on a 61-yard touchdown run in the season opener against Northern Arizona.
Even without Allen, Arizona will have as many as seven quarterbacks to choose from next season to replace Denker, whose eligibility expires.
Rodriguez added that defensive lineman Justin Washington and offensive lineman Eric Bender-Ramsay also are no longer on the team.
"It was kind of a mutual thing," Rodriguez told the Star of Washington and Bender-Ramsay leaving the program. "It was time for them to move on and time for us to move on."
Washington, a breakout player under former coach Mike Stoops, played in all 12 games this season and had 13 tackles. Bender-Ramsay was used mostly on special teams. Neither was listed on Arizona’s postseason roster.