Josh Swogger is taking his strong arm to the University of Montana for his senior season. The former Washington State...

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Josh Swogger is taking his strong arm to the University of Montana for his senior season.

The former Washington State quarterback lost his starting job to Alex Brink when he suffered a season-ending foot injury six games into the 2004 season. Swogger never regained the starting spot and appeared in only three games, all in mop-up duty, this past season.

Swogger will be immediately eligible at Montana because he is dropping from Division I to Division I-AA.

The Associated Press quoted Swogger as saying that Montana coaches “told me I’d be the starter going into spring ball, but I’m not expecting anything to be given to me.”

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At WSU, Swogger became only the second sophomore to be elected a co-captain when teammates picked him before the 2004 season.

He told reporters he visited Eastern Washington, Montana, Montana State and Youngstown State near his parents’ home in Ohio.

Swogger is the second scholarship quarterback to leave WSU in the past 2 ½ years. Often-injured Chris Hurd departed before the 2004 season. Hurd rejoined Mike Price at Texas-El Paso then transferred to I-AA Sacramento State, where the senior played in 7 ½ games this year as the No. 1 QB for the Hornets (2-9, 1-6 Big Sky).

Note

• WSU true freshman linebacker Greg Trent was named to the 2005 Sporting News freshman All-America team. Defensive tackle Fevaea’I Ahmu was a third-team selection.