Monday, September 26, 2011

Former Cal QB Beau Sweeney transferred to Cornell

(photo courtesy of "Monica's Dad's," Flickr)

During spring camp, Beau Sweeney decided to transfer after losing out to Zach Maynard, Brock Mansion and Allan Bridgford in the competition for the quarterback role at Cal. Sweeney held the second QB slot above Mansion for some time in 2009 and 2010, and many fans once clamored for his appearance after Mansion struggled in place of injured senior Kevin Riley in 2010.

After deciding to transfer, Sweeney said he would aim for an FCS school to avoid FBS rules that would have forced him to sit out a season. A few bloggers criticized what they assumed would be a shift to a second-rate academic school just for the chance to play a few games. However, it turns out Sweeney was able to make the move and even end up at a school some consider better than Berkeley. He joined FCS Ivy League competitor Cornell.

At Cornell, Sweeney is assured of at least some playing time, although the team has seven QBs and is led by starter Jeff Matthews, who won the Ivy League Rookie of the Year award last season. Matthews said of his new teammate that “[h]e doesn’t throw all that well, but he’s a very good athlete and he’ll be on the field all year.”

In Cornell's opener last week against Bucknell, Sweeney didn't throw a pass, but he ran the ball twice for 11 yards total. In this week's loss to Yale, Sweeney had one carry for 3 yards.