Colar Kuhns, the Calvert Hall quarterback who threw for more than 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns last season, has transferred to his neighborhood school, Damascus in Montgomery County.
"It’s pretty simple,” said Mark Kuhns, Colar's father. "To get to school every day, Colar had a 100-mile round trip. It was getting really hard and before the season, we almost did it. It was just a strain on everyone involved."
Now, instead of leaving home at 5:30 a.m. to drive to Towson and returning by 9 p.m., Colar leaves at 7:15 a.m. and gets back by 6 p.m. He had been carpooling with other Calvert Hall students, but they graduated, putting the burden of the daily commute solely on him.
A 6 foot 2, 210-pound senior, Colar was one of the top returning quarterbacks in the Baltimore area this fall, but the Cardinals struggled offensively against tough opposition in the early going, losing three of their first four games.
In last year's Thanksgiving Day Turkey Bowl, Colar was 9-for-13 passing for 177 yards and two touchdowns, including one for 83 yards that won the game, 21-14, over Loyola.
But against Franklin on Sept. 8, junior Kenji Bahar replaced him in the second quarter and the Cardinals went on to win 28-14.
Mark Kuhns said that was not the issue behind his son’s transfer.
"In his first three games, he was doing all right. I think the team's a young team. They lost a lot of seniors, and that’s going to be the way that it is. Playing football, Colar’s a competitor, and for him it's a means to an end, it’s not his life.
"Having competition is good. That's what makes you better, so that wasn’t an issue for us."
Mark Kuhns said he wasn’t sure what position Colar would play at Damascus because the Hornets have a senior starter at quarterback, so he could possibly play another position. If he doesn't play much this fall, it won’t affect his college prospects. Colar, who has a 4.0 GPA, has nine Division I offers that his father said are still on the table.