VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) — The Valdosta State football team will turn to Ivory Durham to lead the Blazers at quarterback this fall, as longtime quarterback Rogan Wells has transferred.
Wells announced the news to his former teammates and coaches with the letter below:
Dear Blazer Nation,
I wanted to let you know that I have decided to move in a new direction with new opportunities and challenges. I cannot thank you enough for your tremendous support you have given me and my teammates over the last five years. An undefeated national championship season, back-to-back GSC championships, and a 24-game win streak. While these are all great accomplishments, I am most proud that I graduated from Valdosta State and I am now a VSU alum! Thank you to my great teammates, coaches, and administration for the opportunity given to me. I will be forever grateful. I look forward to supporting Blazer Nation in the future as a VSU alumni and wish you all the best.
God bless and go Blazers!
Rogan Wells #11
Wells, who was to enter his sixth season at Valdosta State in 2021, transferred to Tusculum, a Division II University in Tennessee.
VSU head football coach Gary Goff released the following statement:
"On January 8, 2021, Rogan Wells informed me that he had decided to enter the transfer portal to find an FBS Division I program to play during his last season of competition. I have since been informed Rogan has enrolled at Tusculum University to finish his career while playing for his brother who coaches at the school and to be closer to family in these challenging times. We certainly wish Rogan nothing but the best. He is not only a great player, but a great young man. Rogan has been an ambassador for our program and has accomplished great success while playing for the Blazers. I am equally excited for the future of our program. We are very fortunate because our team is not made of one or two great players, but many very talented and hardworking players who are proud to be Blazers!"
Wells practiced with his new team for the first time on Tuesday.
With Wells gone, Ivory Durham becomes the most experienced QB on the Blazers roster. https://t.co/ktUdVswHmC— Alison Posey (@AlisonPosey14) January 27, 2021
Former Valdosta State offensive coordinator Kade Bell is the offensive coordinator and associate head coach for Tusculum. Wells' brother is also on the Pioneers' staff.
Wells led the Blazers to the Division II National Championship in 2018, where he was runner-up for the Harlon Hill Award, which is awarded to the nation's best Division II player.
Valdosta State plans to release a statement regarding Wells' transfer in the coming days. Durham is the only experienced quarterback on the Blazers roster. He was 17-31 in 2019, throwing for two touchdowns. He also ran for 317 yards and two more scores.