The Rhode Island Rams picked up a nice little FBS transfer last week, as they landed former South Alabama quarterback Kolt Peavey. The 6’0″, 190-pound junior will be eligible to play right away, due to transfer rules involving a move from the FBS to the FCS (or vice versa). Peavey joins senior Bob Bentsen and up-and-coming freshman Luke Casey at the quarterback position on URI’s roster.
Peavey wasn’t exactly getting a ton of playing time with the Jaguars, but his high school numbers are more than impressive. He threw for 4,434 yards and 54 touchdowns at Bolivar High School (Missouri), which were both school records. But don’t let the high school fool you – Peavey is a local kid. From AL.com:
“I had a lot of schools that were interested in me I started looking around and I decided to go somewhere where I have family, and I do have a lot of family there. I lived in Rhode Island for eight years growing up,” Peavey said in a telephone interview with AL.com. “I’ll get to see them. The cold weather is nothing new to me, so it will be fine.”
“I wanted to be coached by the best possible quarterbacks coach (in the move) that I could play for,” Peavey said. “Rhode Island had that for me in coach Steve Canter. They struggled last year – they were going through a transition phase in number of scholarships – so it was tough to win with that going on. That’s not going to happen this year, I know that. We’re working hard. We have a good thing going.
“I’m excited. They’re going to give me the opportunity to play and I’m excited about that. That’s what I’m looking for.”
We still fully expect to see Bentsen under center when the Rams open their season next month, but another QB in the mix (and one with FBS experience, no less) could make things very interesting.