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SOU's Roots to Transfer to Central Washington

Michael "Racecar" Roots was expected to take on a much bigger role in his sophomore season with the Raiders.

Posted: Jun. 8, 2018 10:19 PM
Updated: Jun. 8, 2018 11:42 PM

ASHLAND—Southern Oregon’s most impressive player during spring ball will not be with the team come the fall, as sophomore running back Michael Roots has decided to transfer.


It’s the second time in his college career that he’s done so, and for the 2018 football season, he’ll call Division II Central Washington home.

Roots had exploded onto the scene this spring, highlighted by a pair of long touchdown runs in the 2018 Spring Game, and was expected to get an even split of the carries alongside senior Rey Vega.

The hit to the SOU backfield means Vega and Austin May will shoulder the load come the fall.

Roots heads to a Central Washington program that graduated its leading rusher from a year ago.

The motivation behind the decision can likely be found in the Wildcats’ coaching staff, which has three current coaches who were once with SOU.

All three—Chris Fisk, Greg Stewart and Grant Torgerson—presumably had a role in recruiting Roots away from San Jose State to come to Ashland in 2017.

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