College Football's Transfer Period Heats Up

By Theddy Aime
January 30, 2012 6:38 am
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At the end of every college football season the game of musical chairs with coaches begins.  This season is no different.  With new coaches come transfers. 

Some players decide to leave for various reasons. Some due to lack of playing time, some because they are not a fit with the new system the coach is bringing in.  Others will transfer to be closer to home or for personal reasons. 

Regardless, college football fans everywhere get excited when new players hit their campus.  Let’s take a look at some of the skill position players who have already transferred and will have an impact in 2012 and beyond.

  • QB -Tom Savage and Daxx Garman - Old School: Arizona – New School: Unknown - With new coach Rich Rodriguez neither implementing his spread offense that requires more of a dual threat at the position both quarterbacks bolted town.  Both are better fits for pro-style passing offenses.  Savage was a highly regarded quarterback out of the Pennsylvania high school ranks and started at Rutgers before transferring to Arizona.  It’s rumored he could be headed back to Rutgers while Garman is rumored to have decided on Oklahoma State.
     
  • QB - Jake Heaps and Dayne Crist – Old School: BYU and Notre Dame – New School: Kansas - Call this the Charlie Weis effect.  When Weis was hired in December to take over the football program, quarterbacks immediately took notice.   Crist, who was recruited to Notre Dame by Weis in 2007, will be eligible to play immediately under NCAA rules because he has already graduated from Notre Dame.  He looks to be in the lead to start heading into spring practice.  Heaps another 5-Star recruit coming out of high school set freshman records at BYU before struggling and being replaced by Riley Nelson.  He will have to sit out next season before becoming eligible in 2013.
     
  • QB - Dylan Favre – Old School: Mississippi State – New School: Pearl River Community College – The nephew of the great Brett Favre had minimal impact with Mississippi State.  He will spend one year at Pearl River then look to transfer back to a division one program. 
     
  • QB - Taylor Graham – Old School: Ohio State – New School: Hawaii – Norm Chow’s pro-style offense along with the weather will help attract more talent to the island.  Graham who was a 4-star recruit out of Illinois was looking to play in a pro-style offense and he was not a fit for new Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer’s spread.  Graham will sit out 2012 and vie for the starting job in 2013.
     
  • QB - Jeff Godfrey – Old School: Central Florida – New School: Unknown – Godfrey the 2010 Conference USA Freshman of the Year is was granted his release but cannot transfer to any Big East or Conference USA schools.  He will have to sit out next season if he transfers to another division one school.
     
  • QB - Jacob Karam – Old School: Texas Tech – New School: Memphis – Karam played in six games in his two years at Texas Tech in mop up duty.  He will sit out next season and then hope to compete with current Memphis starting quarterback Taylor Reed.
     
  • QB - Ryan Katz – Old School: Oregon State – New School: San Diego State – Coming off a 2010 season in which he threw for 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, Katz struggled early in 2011 and was benched in favor of Sean Mannion who went on to be named a Freshman All-American.  Katz looks to take over for Ryan Lindley who holds many of the San Diego State passing records.  Katz has graduated from Oregon State and will be eligible to play next fall.
     
  • QB - Tyler Gabbert – Old School: Missouri – New School: Central Florida – After choosing not to transfer to Louisville Blaine’s little brother has settled on Central Florida.  He didn’t play last season so he will be eligible to play right away for the Knights.  With the transfer of Jeff Godfrey this opens the door for him to take hold of the starting job in the spring.
     
  • QB - Nick Montana – Old School: Washington – New School: Junior College– With Keith Price entrenched as the starter for the for seeable future, Joe’s son will try to show his talent on the junior college circuit then try and transfer back to a major university. 

     

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