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Originally published Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 9:04 PM

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Washington's Ronnie Fouch transferring to Indiana State

Citing a desire for a better chance at immediate playing time, the Washington backup quarterback said Sunday he is transferring to Indiana State.

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Citing a desire for a better chance at immediate playing time, Washington backup quarterback Ronnie Fouch said Sunday he is transferring to Indiana State.

Indiana State is a Football Championship Subdivision school and Fouch, who will be a redshirt junior next season, will be immediately eligible and have two years remaining to play.

Fouch, from Redlands, Calif., was Washington's backup the past two years and was likely to be relegated to that duty again next season after Jake Locker spurned the NFL and decided to return for his senior year.

And competition for the starting job in 2011 figured to be stiff with Keith Price, a freshman this season, and Nick Montana, who will sign with Washington in February, also in the fold. With Fouch gone, either Price or Montana — both of whom will enter the 2010 season having never played in a game — will now be the backup to Locker.

"I had a positive experience at UW," Fouch said. "Nothing negative happened, and there's no negative reason why I left. I left just to go somewhere where I could get a lot of playing time and compete and get a chance to be on the field. I didn't have any conflicts with the coaches. It's just a matter of me being happy and on the field and I felt like this is what would make me happy, being on the field and playing."

Fouch started eight games for UW in 2008 when Locker was lost for the season due to injury, completing 113 of 250 passes for 1,339 yards, four touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

With Locker healthy, Fouch was again the backup in 2009 to Locker but played sparingly, seeing action in four games as a quarterback and also manning holding duties on field goals and extra points.

2011 commitment

Dawgman.com reported over the weekend the Huskies have received a commitment from running back/defensive back Brendon Bigelow of Central High School in Fresno, Calif.

He just completed his junior season and won't be able to sign until February 2011. But his coach told the Web site that Bigelow was impressed UW offered him so early even though he is recovering from knee surgery and decided to commit.

Note

• UW also was reported to have received a commitment over the weekend for 2010 from cornerback Gregory Ducre of Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles.

Bob Condotta: 206-515-5699 or bcondotta@seattletimes.com.

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