Jan. 11, 2005
ATLANTA–Running back Tashard Choice has joined the Georgia Tech football program after transferring from Oklahoma, Tech head coach Chan Gailey announced.
Choice, who enrolled at Tech Monday, spent two seasons at Oklahoma. He will sit out the 2005 football season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules and then have two seasons of eligibility remaining, beginning with 2006.
The 6-1, 205-pounder returns to his home state, where he was an all-state player at Lovejoy High School in the Atlanta area.
After redshirting at Oklahoma in 2003, he played behind Heisman Trophy finalist Adrian Peterson last fall.
Choice played in eight games for the Sooners, totalling 100 yards rushing on 22 carries (4.5-yard average) and one reception for seven yards. His top games were against Texas Tech, when he carried 16 times for 71 yards, and Baylor, when he gained 29 yards on six attempts.
Choice was named to the Big 12 All-Academic team.
At Lovejoy, where he was coached by Al Hughes, Choice collected 1,200 yards rushing and 600 yards receiving while scoring 17 touchdowns as a senior. He was rated the No. 14 prospect in Georgia by SuperPrep and the No. 22 running back in the nation by Rivals.com.