The Miami RedHawks will have a new name on the depth chart next season at the quarterback position, as former Michigan quarterback Alex Malzone announced on Instagram Monday afternoon he will be transferring to Miami.
Malzone, who stands at six-foot-two, 228 lbs., will have two years of remaining eligibility as a graduate transfer, per sister blog Maize N’ Brew.
Malzone, a former four-star quarterback prospect from Brother Rice HS in Bloomington Hills, Michigan, logged three game appearances in his three years as a Wolverine, but did not register stats.
At Brother Rice, Malzone threw for 5,792 yards and 63 touchdowns in two years as a starter at the varsity level. He was the fourth-ranked prospect in Michigan, the 14th-ranked pro-style QB prospect and 299th prospect overall in the nation in the class of 2015, per 247Sports.
Malzone had interest from several MAC squads in his initial recruitment, including Akron, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Toledo and Western Michigan.
Malzone was lost in the shuffle as Michigan struggled to find a quarterback it trusted in the 2017 season. With Brandon Peters, Dylan McCaffrey and incoming transfer Shea Patterson likely battling for the starting and backup roles, it makes sense for Malzone to seek other options. Other Michigan QB’s departing this season include John O’Korn (graduation) and Wilton Speight (transfer.)
Malzone will make for the second former Wolverine quarterback to transfer to a MAC institution in as many seasons. Fellow former Michigan QB Shane Morris arrived at CMU as a grad transfer and won the starting job over redshirt freshman Tony Poljan, finishing his lone season in Mt. Pleasant with 3,271 passing yards, 27 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
The news fills in a much-needed position for the RedHawks, who lost primary backup QB Billy Bahl via transfer to Division II Ashland University, per Twitter bio. Jackson Williamson, the third-string quarterback, was a true freshman in 2017. Malzone will likely be the favorite to win the starting job in 2019, when current starting QB Gus Ragland graduates from the program.