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Football: Former Liberty Christian QB Jon Copeland now at Argyle

Former Liberty Christian standout Jon Copeland has transferred to Argyle and could be a big part of the Eagles' quarterback race heading into next season.

Copeland, a junior, is a dual-threat signal caller who threw for more than 2,300 yards and 21 touchdowns while leading Liberty Christian to the playoffs in his first season as the starter. He also rushed for nearly 700 yards with eight scores. 

Argyle coach Todd Rodgers confirmed Tuesday that Copeland transferred to Argyle in late January and has been ruled eligible. 

"We haven't practiced at all yet, so it's hard to project where exactly Jon fits in our program," said Rodgers, who added that Copeland is in a walking boot right now due to a leg injury. "We are very excited to have him as a part of our program. With his skill set and his leadership abilities, we are looking forward to his contributions. He's a great kid."

Jon Copeland
Jon Copeland

Copeland said he hopes to compete for the starting quarterback job now that two-year starter Dane Ledford is on his way to Tulane. With that being said, Argyle played three games without Ledford, who injured his wrist in the Eagles' season-opening win against Lovejoy and did not return under center until the district opener against Decatur.

Argyle did not lose a regular-season game in Ledford's absence and had several quarterbacks to turn to prior to Copeland's arrival. 

Hayden Clearman, a sophomore, threw for more than 700 yards with six touchdowns last season while platooning with teammates Braden Pruett and Zack Pelton. Argyle finished 11-1 and lost to Abilene Wylie in the third round. 

"[Argyle] has some great quarterbacks already, and I know I am coming into their program," Copeland said. "We all know we will compete. That's the way it goes. But it's a healthy competition and it's going to make us all better. I am very confident in my capabilities, and I'm willing to help out my team in any way that I can."

The 5-11 Copeland said he has added 20 pounds to his frame and now weighs 195 pounds. He added that his right leg injury, a minor fracture to his fibula, is nearly healed. The lower back injury he suffered at the end of last season with Liberty Christian also is healed.

"I am super excited about being here," Copeland said. "I've been here a little more than two months and I am obsessed with this school and the football program."

STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.