Backup quarterback Karam to transfer

Texas Tech backup quarterback Jacob Karam said Wednesday that he will transfer at the end of the semester.

Karam, a redshirt sophomore, appeared in five games during the 2011 season as Seth Doege’s backup. He was 9-of-17 passing for 104 yards and two touchdowns. He tossed a 43-yard touchdown to Darrin Moore on Saturday in Tech’s finale against Baylor.

“I had to follow my heart and felt like I wasn’t living up to my full potential by not playing,” Karam said. “My hope is to go somewhere where I can contribute and help a team win a championship.

“It was an extremely tough decision. I’ll be graduating in 2 1/2 years, though, so I’ll be a Red Raider for life.”

Karam said there wasn’t a specific time that he began mulling the idea of transferring.

Doege was the favorite for the starting job out of spring and will be a senior next year.  That could have left an opening for Karam to start in 2013 as a senior, but the Friendswood native said he wanted a fresh start.

“I want to play Division I and I’m open to any coach or program that’s willing to give me a chance to lead a team,” Karam said.

Karam will graduate in December with a degree in University Studies, pre-law.

He said coach Tommy Tuberville was supportive of the decision to leave.

“Coach Tubs was the first one I told and he was great,” Karam said. “He’s a great coach and I’m lucky to have known him and he’s been very supportive and understood my decision.”

Karam said he expects to become immediately eligible at his next school because he will have finished his undergraduate degree. Transfer rules typically require a player to sit out one season before being eligible.

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sorry to see karam go

I'm sorry to see this guy go. It think it says a lot when your back up qb decides to leave a program. I also think he says it all when he says that he want to be a contributor to a team that will win championships. To all of those that support this joke of a coaching staff, and say that the players haven't had anything bad to say about this coach, you're right they aren't saying anything they as just transferring out. How many does make this year alone, I think at least 4. I believe that the verbal commitments are soon to follow. To bad we have the athletic department being run by an administration puppet. I was hoping when our last gutless, kiss+++, AD left things would get better, but we should have known since Hance hired him. Tech should might a well do away with the AD position and let the idiots on the b.o.r and hance run the athletic department, aren't they anyway? Save the money we're going to need it when the seats at the Jones are empty next year.

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Sad to see Karam go

We all wish Karam the best of luck. He is a quality person and will be successful in life. Hopefully he finds a good spot where he can thrive. To all who are negative: Please stop the dumb comments. Most of the same people were calling for Leach's head about 8-9 years ago.

Wreck'em

Joe

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It's getting worse

We're losing good players on the team. Recruiting was already weak. Now it's going to take a huge hit after this disastrous season where the coach looked like he had no idea what he was doing.

Looks like a long rough road ahead.

Good luck to Mike Leach at Washington State.

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Another one bites the dust

Unfortunately we're seeing a trend that will continue. I do wish Jacob the best and don't blame him at all for wanting to leave a program in disarray. The upper echelon fools at this university are too pig headed and too stupid to admit their mistakes thus leaving the players, fans, and supporters to endure pointless suffering for the next countless number of years. I'm a graduate of Texas Tech and ashamed to admit it. Thx again you bunch of Jackals.

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Good Wishes

Jacob is a Fine Young Man and we wish him the very Best. GOD Bless your future goals and dreams. I know Jacob personally and he Speaks only Good Words about Texas Tech and I know his Parents. He's just like any other Young Man who wants to play on a regular basis.

I am a Successful Business Graduate from Texas Tech University and I will continue my Spiritual and Financial Support for the Red Raiders!

I refuse to go around speaking negative and evil destructive words about others....It will only poison your own lives.

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Student Athletes Transfer All the Time

Texas Tech is not the only school where kids transfer.

I really hate calling myself a Tech fan because of the ignorance of some of our fans. Grow some sense, go to the library and read some books, and stop being a statistic.

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Best of Luck

Best of luck to Karam. Maybe he should consider transfering to Washington State!!!

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Good Luck to him. Cant say

Good Luck to him. Cant say this is much of a surprise. Any bets that he will end up at Washington State?

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Good Luck, Jacob Karam

Jacob Karam will do well wherever he decides to go,he was a leader on this team until recently. I think you probably will see more of this. The 2 tightends left, Bo Whitney and Trahan. Several defensive players left., Pearlie Graves, highly recruited, comes to mind. IT will be interesting to see what happens in the off season. Best of luck, Jacob. and May God Bless. Wish you the very best and dont blame you.

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Recruiting weak?

Raiding Texas take the blinders off. Recruiting has never been better. It's the only thing that you can't complain about with the current state of the program.

Bleed red, right on. Some of these chicken littles act like teams never have losing seasons. News flash, Mack Brown, Nick Saban, Bob Stoops, Les Miles, Urban Meyer etc... have all had losing seasons at schools with much greater resources than Tech.

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Losing Season

Are we counting Pro coaching...if not

Saban - no losing seasons

Miles - one losing season his first at OSU (took over losing program)

Stoops - no losing seasons

Meyers - no losing seasons

Brown - who cares - however, one at Texas

SO KEEP UP YOUR BLIND SUPPORT WITH NO FACTS

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HANCE IDIOTS

You two Hance idiots should go hang out at the chapel and thank Him for Leach choosing Pullman. Getting skunked by Kansas would have sucked. And again, it is not fair weather fans complaining about Hance and birther Fox News Tubs, it is long time Tech fans who have a grounded sense of right and wrong. Hance is wrong for Tech, Leach was right, and honest! Take your idiocy and false sense of superior rightousness up to Him and away from reality where it does not belong.

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Tech Critics and Leach Lovers

If I was a high school football player and read this blog, I'd run away from Tech as fast as I could. Who would want to be around this bunch of whining losers? You make Aggies look smart.

Please transfer your alliegence to Washington State.

Good luck to Jacob. Second string quarterbacks from Tech have helped several teams in the past and he'll be no exception.

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Godspeed Jacob

Good luck Jacob. Praying that you land on your feet in a great situation.

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Good Luck to you Jacob

I know you have the ability to be a starter at some D I university. Stay healthy and good things will happen.

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no kidding

the real shame are the "sheep" fans that support this admin and all their immoral unethical actions. Defunct politicians needing a little cash are hired, coach's that fulfill their obligations under a negotiated contract are fired. truth be known, no self respecting coach with eyes on the NC would touch Tech with a 100' pole. There is no recourse when the University fires you. What a joke. Stop defending Hance and his gang, including the proven loser Tubby. There is no debate that he came in with the same players the old coach was winning with and proceeded to lose in a huge way. Say what you want but there is no defense for Tech being at the bottom of the Big 12.

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