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. 

  • QB - Pete Thomas – Old School: Colorado State – New School: North Carolina State – Thomas started 21 games at CSU in his two years and was set as the starter.  But with Steve Fairchild being fired Thomas wanted a fresh start.  He seems to have found the perfect fit.  Current NC State starter Mike Glennon will have graduated after the 2012 season and Thomas can slide right in and the starter in 2013.  Thomas was a four star recruit coming out of high school.
  • QB - Kyle Padron – Old School: SMU – New School: Unknown – Padron posted 31 touchdowns and 3,800 yards passing on 2010.  He struggled early on in 2011 and was benched never regained the starter job.  With the transfer of former Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert to SMU, Padron saw the writing on the wall.
  • RB - Michael Dyer – Old School: Auburn – New School: Arkansas State – After being suspended indefinitely for violating team rules Dyer is headed to the Sun Belt conference.  He follows newly hired Head Coach Gus Malzahn, his former offensive coordinator at Auburn to Arkansas State.  Dyer rushed for 1,000 yards in each of his two seasons at Auburn.  He will be eligible in 2013. 
  • RB – Marcus Coker – Old School: Iowa – New School: Unknown – Coker was suspend for the Hawkeyes bowl game against Oklahoma and has since been released from his scholarship and will transfer.  Coker ran for 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns this past season.
  • RB – Brandon Williams – Old School: Oklahoma – New School: Texas A&M – Williams was the third ranked running back for the 2011 class coming out of high school.  Citing the need to be closer to his daughter, Williams will suit up for the Aggies in 2013.  The Aggies begin SEC play in 2012.
  • WR – Darius White – Old School: Texas – New School: Missouri – A talented four star recruit a few years ago, White barely saw the field at Texas.  He will sit out 2012 and have two years of eligibility left at Missouri. 
  • WR – Justin McCay – Old School: Oklahoma – New School: Kansas – Charlie Weis strikes again.  In 2010 McCay was the top high school player in the state of Kansas and one of the top wide receivers in the nation.
  • WR – Brice Butler – Old School: USC – New School: San Diego State – A top recruit a few years ago, Butler never saw consistent playing time.  With stars Marquis Lee and Robert Woods both having 1,000 yard seasons in 2011 that wasn’t going to change.  Since Butler has already graduated from USC he will be able to suit up for the Aztecs this fall and give new quarterback Ryan Katz a veteran target.
  • WR – Kyle Prater – Old School: USC – New School: Northwestern – Another victim of the log jam at the wide receiver position at USC.  Prater was one of the top receivers in the class of 2010.  At 6-foot-5, 215 pounds this literally a huge get for the Northwestern program.  Prater, who is from Illinois, will be eligible to play in 2013.