A second Central Michigan quarterback has elected to transfer to another program this offseason.
After he rode the bench the past three years, former Central Michigan quarterback Alex Niznak transferred to Southeast Missouri State in May. On Friday, Austin Peay State officially announced the addition of transfer Darrien Boone, another former Central Michigan quarterback.
Boone, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound Chicago native, left the Central Michigan football program after being arrested for using a stolen credit card last year. With his legal problems now in the past, he has transferred to APSU and will have four years of eligibility, instantly improving the team’s offense.
“Darrien is an outstanding athlete who wants to play,” APSU coach Kirby Cannon said. “At the quarterback position, if you are not at the right spot at the right time, sometimes you sit behind a quarterback and do a lot of watching.”
Boone was a dynamic dual-threat quarterback in high school. He finished his prep career as a two-star recruit with offers from Central Michigan, Eastern Illinois, Northern Illinois, Tulane and Western Illinois, choosing the Chippewas over three schools close to Chicago.
While he was at Christian Fenger Academy, Boone was a three-year starter and was named all-conference and all-city in each year. He was named all-state as a junior after passing for 36 touchdowns and rushing for 10 scores. The Chicago Sun-Times named him the Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks as a freshman in 2009.
The Govs are happy to add his dual-threat play to their football program.
“I recruited Darrien out of high school in Chicago,” Cannon said. “He is going to bring an athleticism to that (quarterback) position that many kids can’t. He’s an extremely competitive young man and that is something he will bring to our program that we can’t get enough of right now. We need kids who want to scratch, claw and do whatever it takes to win a football game.”
APSU also announced the addition of defensive end Jule Pace. The school also said senior quarterback Andrew Spivey has transferred and wide receiver Darryl Clack is suspended for the 2014 season.