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Auburn's Four-Star QB Tyrik Rollison Confirms Transfer to Sam Houston State
Former four-star quarterback Tyrik Rollison, who redshirted last year at Auburn, is headed home, or at least back to his home state.
The Sulphur Springs, Texas-native confirmed Tuesday to AuburnSports.com what his father, Michael Kelly, said in February. Rollison is transferring to Sam Houston State, a Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) school in Huntsville, Texas.
“I haven’t done anything at Auburn except go to class in a while,” said Rollison, who didn’t participate in the Tigers’ spring practices. “I plan on going to Sam Houston State, getting back a little closer to home. I think I’m going to stay at Auburn for the first mini-semester in the summer and then go home and attend Sam Houston State the second mini-semester.”
Rollison signed with the Tigers in 2009 as one of the top quarterback prospects in the country. As a senior in high school, he threw for a school-record 4,728 yards and 53 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,094 yards leading Sulphur Springs to the Class 4A Division II state title.
Rollison competed for the starting quarterback spot at Auburn as a freshman before being redshirted. He was expected to compete again for the quarterback vacancy in ‘10, but in December was suspended for “violation of team rules". Five weeks later, Auburn signed the top junior college quarterback in the country, five-star Cameron Newton.
“I don’t have any regrets about going to Auburn,” said Rollison. “I appreciate the opportunity they gave me. It just didn’t work out.”
Rollison said he wouldn’t look back at what might have been at Auburn.
“I’m only looking forward to my future at Sam Houston State,” he said. “I won’t have to sit out a year. I can go in and compete immediately. Nothing is going to be given to me. I’m going to have to work, but I’m ready.”