The year: 2009.
Garman made the move to Southlake Carroll High School in Texas for his senior year, but was ruled ineligible to play in a controversial case. He signed with Mike Stoops at Arizona and redshirted as a freshman. When Rich Rodriguez replaced Stoops, bringing in an offense reliant on a dual-threat quarterback, Garman left, landing in Stillwater. He ran the OSU scout team in 2012 while sitting out the season due to NCAA transfer rules, and served as the No. 3 quarterback a year ago, never entering a game.
So it’s been a while, a long while, since Garman’s been behind center when it mattered.
Maybe that’s another reason Weeden likes him. Weeden spent five years playing pro baseball before resuming his football career, toiling in the background for the better part of three years before his breakout in 2011.
And like Weeden then, Garman’s timing may be right.
Walsh’s career has been an up-and-down affair. And while Wes Lunt set the bar for a freshman walking in and starting two years ago, it doesn’t often happen that way, and expecting that of Rudolph is severe.
Garman definitely fits the profile of the style of passer best suited for the Air Raid offense, if that’s still OSU’s preferred attack. At 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, he’s not as big as Weeden.
But Garman’s arm is big. And with receivers stacked up on the outside, the Air Raid would seem to be way to go for this Cowboys offense.
But could Garman be OSU’s starting quarterback at some point, even in the opener?