College Football Transfer Portal Winners and Losers


The unique transfer rule allowing players to change schools without losing a year of eligibility had already transformed roster management in the Football Bowl subdivision.

And then came name, image and likeness legislation, which caused exponentially greater disruption for coaches and FBS programs trying to master depth charts and playing time.

What followed this offseason may just be a taste of what’s to come. Many programs, most from the Power Five, have made a dozen or more additions from the portal, and every school has been impacted in some form by the thousands of players who put their names on the block. since the end of last year. season.

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Some schools have done better than others. Unsurprisingly, Alabama coach Nick Saban has found another avenue to bolster his already star-studded roster. New recruits such as Lincoln Riley in Southern California have used the portal to quickly replenish depleted rosters following coaching turnover.

With transfer season almost over, but many players still looking for a new home, here are the winners and losers from the portal:

WINNERS

Alabama

Georgia wide receiver Jermaine Burton catches a pass for a touchdown past Michigan’s Vincent Gray.

It’s not a huge group, but the Crimson Tide made every signing count. Cornerback Eli Ricks (LSU) is one of the best defensive backs in the nation and a possible starter if he recovers from shoulder surgery and stays out of Saban’s doghouse after his arrest the month last for speeding, driving without insurance and possession of marijuana. Running back Jahmyr Gibbs (Georgia Tech) is a versatile talent with All-America potential. At worst, offensive tackle Tyler Steen (Vanderbilt) will be a key replacement in several places up front. Wide receiver Jermaine Burton (Georgia) brings in proven SEC production with the benefit of pulling production from cross-divisional rival Alabama. And fellow receiver Tyler Harrell (Louisville) gives the Tide and quarterback Bryce Young a major home run threat.

Southern California

No team has signed more than the Trojans’ 16 transfer additions. The creme de la creme is quarterback Caleb Williams, who has followed Riley from Oklahoma and gives USC and the Pac-12 a strong contender for the Heisman Trophy. Another OU catch, receiver Mario Williams, will land a role along the top line of the rotation. Riley and the Trojans have also loaded players capable of stepping straight into the starting lineup, including linebacker Eric Gentry (Arizona State), running back Travis Dye (Oregon) and cornerback Mekhi Blackmon (Colorado). , while adding depth to a needy alignment of trustworthy bodies.

Ole Miss

The biggest name is running back Zach Evans (TCU), who averaged 7.3 yards per carry in his two Big 12 seasons. Lane Kiffin also added quarterback Jaxson Dart (USC ), the two-man competition favorite to replace Matt Corral. in Kiffin’s quarterback-friendly scheme. The Rebels also improved the passing rush by adding Jared Ivey (Georgia Tech) and Khari Coleman (TCU), inking another productive running back in Ulysses Bentley (SMU) and upgraded at tight end with Michael Trigg (USC ).

Nebraska

The Cornhuskers’ chances in this breakthrough year for coach Scott Frost look much better with the additions of quarterback Casey Thompson (Texas), point carrier Ochaun Mathis (TCU), inside lineman Devin Drew (Texas Tech ), cornerback Tommi Hill (Arizona State) and wide receivers Tre Palmer (LSU) and Marcus Washington (Texas). Nebraska is also expected to improve on special teams by adding punter Brian Buschini (Montana), who won the Ray Guy Award last season as the league football subdivision’s top bettor.

Caroline from the south

Spencer Rattler threw for 4,595 yards, completing 70% of his passes, with 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions at Oklahoma.

Spencer Rattler threw for 4,595 yards, completing 70% of his passes, with 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions at Oklahoma.

Shane Beamer made a bowl bid in his freshman season despite being second-to-last in the SEC in yards per game per game. Bringing in quarterback Spencer Rattler (Oklahoma), a big Heisman favorite ahead of an extremely disappointing 2021 season, dramatically changes the outlook for South Carolina’s offense. But that’s not all: The Gamecocks’ offensive rebuild also includes tight end Austin Stogner (Oklahoma), running backs Christian Beal-Smith (Wake Forest) and Lovasea Carroll (Georgia), and wide receivers Corey Rucker (Arkansas State) and Antwane Wells (James Madison).

LOSERS

Pittsburgh

The Panthers signed former USC quarterback Kedon Slovis to replace first-round pick Kenny Pickett and bolstered the receiving corps by adding Konata Mumpfield (Akron) and Bub Means (Louisiana Tech). Those wide additions are suddenly even more vital after the loss of star Jordan Addison, who won the Biletnikoff Award last season as the nation’s top receiver but left for USC.

Georgia Technology

Georgia Tech running back Jahmyr Gibbs (21) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Louisville in the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Atlanta.  (Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Georgia Tech running back Jahmyr Gibbs (21) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Louisville in the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Atlanta. (Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

The Yellow Jackets will have to dig deep to replace Gibbs’ overall importance in last year’s offense. Another troubling development this offseason was losses on the edge: Tech lost starters Ivey and Jordan Domineck (Arkansas), who combined for 11.5 tackles for a loss in 2021, before bouncing back to earn a commitment from the Wyoming to Solomon Byrd – but Byrd then backed off on his verbal promise to sign with USC.

Georgia

Don’t shed too many tears for the reigning national champions; despite a talent exodus to the NFL and the Portal, the Bulldogs are loaded and capable of repeating. However, numerous off-season transfers landed at SEC rivals, including Burton and young cornerback Jalen Kimber, who landed in Florida. In the mix for the starting job last summer before suffering a year-ending injury, Kimber joins the Gators with four years of eligibility and could eventually play a role in determining the SEC East.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Football news: Winners, losers from the college football transfer portal