Michael Eubank’s Journey to Samford

By Sam Chandler

Quarterback Michael Eubank’s improbable path to becoming the starting quarterback at Samford University began far before he was even aware of the school’s existence.

Eubank, a redshirt junior and communication studies major, has led the Bulldogs to a 4-3 record, accounting for 12 total touchdowns.

His unique journey began in the fall of 2010, under the Friday night lights of Centennial High School in Corona, California. As the senior starting quarterback at the perennial high school powerhouse, Eubank developed into a dynamic dual-threat quarterback, capable of moving the chains through the air and on the ground. During his stellar senior season, Eubank accounted for 4,160 all-purpose yards and 41 total touchdowns, earning Southern California Offensive Player of the Year honors.

Amy Wilson, Art DirectorEubank, ranked by Rivals.com as the nation’s No.8 dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2011, received an abundance of scholarship offers from contending NCAA Division I programs.

At the top of Eubank’s list were two rival schools from the state of Arizona, the University of Arizona and Arizona State University.

Unsure of which school to choose, Eubank allowed fate to make the tough decision.

“It came down to Arizona State and Arizona, and they ended up playing each other,” Eubank said. “I said whoever ends up winning this game is where I’m going to go. Arizona State ended up winning by a blocked field goal.”

As a result, Eubank’s unique path to Samford took him through Tempe, Arizona.

After redshirting his freshman year in the fall of 2011, Eubank made his debut for the Sun Devils in the fall of 2012, alternating at quarterback in every game.

“Playing in front of 78,000 people was amazing,” Eubank said. “It was a good experience, and I’m glad I got the opportunity to have it.”

As a result of a coaching staff change after the 2012 season, Eubank received limited playing time the following fall, triggering his decision to transfer schools.

“I just didn’t feel like that was the right place for me anymore,” Eubank said.

During his exit meeting with Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell, Eubank was told of Samford’s recruiting interest.

Since Samford ran the same offensive scheme as Arizona State, Norvell believed Eubank would transition effectively and encouraged him to consider the Division I-AA school.

“He highly recommended that I check out Samford,” Eubank said.

After taking recruiting trips to Samford and McNeese State, Eubank decided to become a Bulldog.

“I talked it over with my family, and we decided that Samford was the best place for me,” Eubank said.

Eubank eagerly arrived to Samford last spring, enrolling as a communication studies major.

“It’s just fun being able to go out there and play all 76 snaps with my boys and just have a good time,” Eubank said.

Although he prefers to focus on his present role, Eubank remains both hopeful and humble about his future professional athletic aspirations.

“I’m going to do whatever God allows me to do,” Eubank said. “Whatever He has for me, He has for me. But as far as right now, I’m here at Samford, and I’m playing football here so I have to worry about today.”

Stat High School Arizona State Samford
Completion % 64.5% 67.3% 63.2%
Pass yards 3,982 400 1,071
Pass TDs 31 4 5
Interceptions 11 3 6
Rush yards 1,687 243 204
Rush TDs 24 7 5

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