Justin Roper Chooses Montana

Well, so much for transferring closer to home.

Former Oregon quarterback Justin Roper (who came to Eugene from a Georgia high school) has chosen to transfer to Montana, an FCS powerhouse where he’ll have the chance to play right away.

Roper had been considering Towson, and the Tigers were in his final three, but I have to think the difference in the success levels of the programs was a deciding factor.

Towson has had just two winning seasons since joining the Atlantic-10/CAA in 2004, and has never had even a nine-win season as an FCS program (dating to 1987). Meanwhile, Montana is coming off an appearance in the FCS national championship game, and has won double-digit games seven times this decade.

Still, the fact that Towson was in the running for Roper speaks well to the recruiting ability of new head coach Rob Ambrose. The former Towson offensive coordinator has major college football recruiting experience, having spent the last four years as the offensive coordinator at UConn - a BCS program that made bowl appearances each of the last two years.