Quarterback Michael Tamburo was still a participating member of the Boise State football program when he learned the Broncos would be facing Georgia in the Sept. 3 opener at the Georgia Dome.
Little did he know that he would be wearing red and black in the game.
"When I heard about it, it was sometimes in December and we were getting ready to play Utah," Tamburo, a Suwanee native said. "I was excited, but at the same time, I had no clue that I would be switching sides."
As Tamburo explained, by that time he was already pondering a transfer to be closer to home, but it wasn't until the deal was already signed that he decided to make his move.
But his decision had nothing to do with football.
"I just wanted to go somewhere close to home and when I really thought about it this time, I really thought about the school itself," he said. "Of course, the football program as well but just overall deal. I just thought that going into a marketing degree that Georgia would be a good fit for me."
Although he won't be playing, Tamburo said it's going to be very strange looking across the field and see so many of his friends standing on the other side.
"Definitely, I'm looking forward to it," Tamburo said. "Boise State is going to be a great team this year. I know in the Georgia Dome, it's going to be a great atmosphere and both teams will have new jerseys and everything. It's definitely a big deal. I'm looking forward to it."
Tamburo said the Broncos will be as well.
Playing the underdog card is something Boise State has grown well-accustomed to doing.
"I think they want to prove to people that they can play with anybody and I think the East Coast might have been a little biased," Tamburo said. "But I think that Virginia Tech showed last year that they (Boise State) can play with anybody and they're capable of it every week."
But just because he played for the opposing team and was in on all their offensive meetings, Tamburo said he hasn't been put into a position to spill to Georgia coaches any inside information he might have.
For that, the quarterback is grateful.
"I made it a point that I was not going to get involved with that kind of stuff. I just want to be as fair as possible and let the teams play," he said. "I'm not even eligible this year. I just want to sit back and watch the game. I have a lot of friends over there and I liked everybody. It wasn't a personal thing for me leaving and I like all the coaches. I just want to be fair to everybody."
Anthony Dasher is the managing editor for UGASports
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