Posted: 3:13 pm Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Former Boca Raton quarterback Eddie Sullivan leaves Marshall, headed to JUCO 

By Matt Porter

Eddie Sullivan is on the move again.

After a promising 2010 season at Marshall, the former Boca Raton quarterback was passed up on the depth chart. He left the Herd in mid-November and confirmed last week to the Post he was heading to a junior college. He did not know which school he would attend.

Sullivan

Sullivan

Sullivan, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound dual threat quarterback, saw action in seven games as a true freshman in 2010. As Marshall’s No. 2 quarterback, he completed six of 24 passes for 134 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed 12 times for 51 yards.

He impressed last spring and competed for a starting job. The momentum didn’t last.

Sullivan was benched for a scrimmage in August and did not take a snap in his sophomore season.

Eddie Sullivan was one of the area's most talented quarterbacks in 2009. (Meghan McCarthy/Post file)

Eddie Sullivan was one of the area's most talented quarterbacks in 2009. (Meghan McCarthy/Post file)

“Quarterbacks, when they can’t play, they go somewhere else where they can play and evidently that’s what Eddie is going to do,” Marshall head coach Doc Holliday told the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail.

UPDATE (Fri., 1:15 p.m.): Clarified Sullivan’s eligibility with the NCAA. Because he played a year at Marshall, Sullivan would have two more years of Div. I (FBS or FCS) or Div. II eligibility. Schools at Div. I or II level have a “year in residence” rule, which forces players to sit a year to get acclimated before competing. Regardless of where he plays in 2012, he would have to sit a year upon returning to major college football.

Sullivan was a news-maker during his high school years in Palm Beach County, as much for his team-jumping as for his stellar play.

Before his junior year, 2008, Sullivan completed a noteworthy transfer from Park Vista to Boca Raton, which was later ruled by the FHSAA a product of illegal recruiting. The violation vacated all of Boca Raton’s wins from its 9-3 season in 2008 and factored into the firing of then-head coach Eddie Giersbrook.

Sullivan threw for 2,277 yards and 21 touchdown passes in 2009. He also rushed for 222 yards and four touchdowns. He committed to Wake Forest as a greyshirt before the season, but switched his pledge to Marshall two weeks before signing day.

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