It’s not uncommon for a college football player to transfer from one school to another.
And, if it doesn’t work at a place such as Minnesota, transferring to a junior college is an understandable alternative. On Saturday, the Star Tribune’s Randy Johnson reported Golden Gophers quarterback Vic Viramontes is transferring to Riverside (Calif.) City College.
— Randy Johnson (@RJstrib) June 2, 2018
What’s most intriguing about Viramontes’ transfer isn’t the fact he is leaving Minnesota for a junior college. It has been assumed he fell behind Tanner Morgan and Zack Annexstad on the depth chart after a turnover-filled spring game.
What’s most intriguing is he intends to play middle linebacker at Riverside. Going from quarterback to wide receiver seems like a big change, but players such as former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor and Indiana’s Antwaan Randle El have made that transition in the NFL. Going from quarterback to middle linebacker, however, is a different world.
Viramontes was the top-ranked junior college dual-threat QB for the Class of 2018, and he committed to Minnesota in November.
The 6-foot-1, 215-pound quarterback was a 4-star prospect at Norco High School (Norco, Calif.) as part of the Class of 2016. He originally committed to Michigan before signing with California. He redshirted as a freshman during the 2016 season and transferred to Riverside for the 2017 season before making his way to Minnesota.
Now, Riverside will get Viramontes back but at a different position.
Minnesota starts its 2018 season at 6 p.m. CT on Aug. 30 at home against New Mexico State. The game will be televised on BTN.