Transfer Portal Grades

By Corey Long - @CoreyLong
Updated Oct. 7, 2020.

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Oct. 5

RB Demarkcus Bowman transfers from Clemson to Florida Grade: A-
Bowman, originally out of Lakeland, Florida, was the No. 1-rated running back in the nation in the Class of 2020. It was a bit of a surprise that he committed to Clemson during his recruitment. The Lakeland High program has a long history of sending its top prospects to Florida. The program sent eight players to the Gators in the class of 2007, including Mike and Maurkice Pouncey, and has sent players intermittently since then, including three in the 2019 class - tight end Keon Zipperer, defensive end Lloyd Summerall and offensive lineman Deyavie Hammond - and one in the 2020 class, defensive back Fenley Graham. So, Bowman will have plenty of familiar faces around him in Gainesville from his days in high school.

Florida is looking for a game-changing running back, and Bowman (5-10, 195) certainly has the talent. He actually played in Clemson's first two games of 2020, gaining 32 yards on nine carries in mop-up time. He won't lose a year of eligibility because this season won't count against anyone.

Florida did not sign a running back in the 2020 class and does not have one in the 2021 class. Bowman will fill that hole, and the Gators also took in transfer Lorenzo Lingard last season. Even though Lakeland players have been hit or miss at Florida, there's no question that any program would take in a special talent like Bowman. Clemson has running back Phil Mafah committed in its 2021 class, but I would not be surprised to see the Tigers try to go after another back.

June 13

WR Tyrell Shavers transfers to Mississippi State from Alabama Grade: C+
Shavers (6-6, 205), out of Lewisville, Texas, was recruited in the 2017 recruiting class and considered one of the top-150 prospects in the nation regardless of position. He redshirted for the 2017 season and spend the past two seasons playing primarily on special teams. He made his first reception in 2019, a 20-yard catch, and had a 14-yard rush on an end around. He also recovered a blocked punt against Texas A&M and returned it two yards for a short touchdown.

Shavers appeared in 28 games over two seasons for Alabama. He makes the move to Mississippi State as a graduate transfer and will have two years to play with immediate eligibility. Shavers didn't have many opportunities to get involved in Alabama's passing game, and that has to be expected sitting behind two players who were selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. This is a fresh start for Shavers, who will try to catch balls from Stanford transfer quarterback K.J. Costello in Mike Leach's high-volume passing offense. With Shavers' size, I expect he'll find a role, even if it's primarily around the red zone.

OT Jarrid Williams transfers to Miami from Houston Grade: B+
The pipeline from Houston to Miami continues to work out in the favor of the Hurricanes. Miami took in former AAC Player of the Year quarterback D'Eriq King in one of the biggest transfers of the offseason, and now it adds Williams (6-7, 305) to shore up one of the tackle positions on the offensive line. Williams was part of the Cougars' recruiting class back in 2015 and will have one year of eligibility as a grad transfer. He he started 13 games at right tackle in 2018 and started four games in 2019 before a shoulder injury ended his season prematurely.

Williams was granted a sixth year of eligibility, and the Hurricanes could use help at either tackle position, but they would probably like to play Williams on the left side. He has experience playing left tackle and appeared in 11 games as a redshirt freshman and sophomore, when he played over 100 snaps at left tackle. For either side, Williams is expected to be a major upgrade for an offensive line that had its fair share of struggles in 2019.

CB Jarrian Jones transfers to Florida State from Mississippi State Grade: B
Florida State shakes the Mississippi State transfer portal tree and finds another piece of fruit, as Jones will join defensive tackle Fabian Lovett as transfers from the Bulldogs to the Seminoles. Jones was expected to transfer to Ole Miss, but flipped and signed papers with Florida State.

Jones (6-0, 187) is a big body at the cornerback position and gives the Seminoles another player who can run and match strength with the more physical receivers in the ACC. He played plenty of snaps for Mississippi State as a true freshman and finished with 12 tackles, a fumble recovery and two pass breakups.

Jones has three years of eligibility remaining, but he will need a waiver to be eligible for 2020. If he doesn't receive it, he has a redshirt to burn. Florida State also received a transfer from former Florida Atlantic cornerback Meiko Dotson, so the program isn't in need of immediate depth, plus a redshirt might actually do Jones some good. Either way, Jones promises to give the Seminoles a solid talent in the secondary for a few years.

May 30

QB J.T. Daniels transfers to Georgia from USC Grade: B+
Competition is good. Heck, competition is great. But in a quarterback room as crowded as Georgia's is projected to be in 2020 and 2021, someone is going to go. This is the second quarterback transfer the Bulldogs have gotten in the offseason. Jamie Newman, who transferred to Georgia from Wake Forest, is expected to the be the starter. Daniels (6-3, 212), who will have three years of eligibility remaining if he is granted a waiver, will be battling for the backup role with top 2020 quarterback recruit Carson Beck. If that isn't enough Georgia already has a verbal commitment from in-state prospect Brock Vandagriff, one of the top quarterbacks in the 2021 class.

Back to Daniels, who was a top prospect in the 2018 class and started for the Trojans as a 17-year-old freshman and had a respectable season throwing for 2,672 yards, 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Daniels came into the 2019 season with a lot of fanfare and was considered a dark horse for the Heisman Trophy. However, his campaign ended quickly when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opener against Fresno State.

Daniels is still developing and was surely attracted by the prospects of learning under new Georgia offensive coordinator Todd Monken. If Daniels gets a waiver, it will give Georgia some experienced depth at quarterback and may set up one the nation's most watched quarterback battles for the 2021 season.

QB Caylin Newton transfers to Auburn from Howard Grade: C
There was always the possibility that Newton (6-0, 194), the younger brother of former Auburn standout and Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, would also end up in the plains. I believe he was searching for an opportunity to start somewhere at an SEC or ACC program and when that wasn't available, he was going to settle into Auburn.

Bo Nix is the starting quarterback at Auburn going into the 2020 season and was SEC Freshman off the Year in 2019, so Newton will have to get snaps wherever he can. Newton had a good run at Howard and put himself on the map in 2017 when he led the Bison to a shocking upset at UNLV despite being a 45-point underdog. He was MEAC Rookie of the Year in 2017 and MEAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2018. Newton left the program midway through the 2019 season with plans to take a redshirt and compete in the FBS. He accounted for over 6,000 total yards and 51 touchdowns in his first two seasons as starting quarterback with the Bison.

I don't give this a high grade because I'm not sure what Newton can provide the Tigers. Can Auburn come up with some packages for him? Can Newton offer options at other positions beside quarterback? Can Newton make the transition from FCS to FBS? Lots of questions need to be answered.

WR Jaelen Gill transfers to Boston College from Ohio State Grade: B
Gill (6-0, 187) announced he was leaving Ohio State in late April and transferred to Boston College a month later. He follows former Buckeyes defensive coordinator, Jeff Hafley, who was named head coach at Boston College in December.

This grade could be higher if Gill doesn't have to sit out the 2020 season. Gill took a redshirt in 2018 after playing a couple of games and had six catches for 51 yards in 2019. He was expected to compete for the Buckeyes' starting slot receiver spot before he decided to transfer.

Gill had questions about his role at Ohio State, but he shouldn't have as many questions about it at Boston College. Whether Gill is eligible immediately or not until 2021, he will get the ball in his hands. The Eagles lack playmakers who can offer the versatility of Gill. He has a wide receiver's build and should be a slot guy, but he was recruited as a running back and could play both roles at Boston College. If Gill receives a waiver, I believe he'll be one of Boston College's top offensive players in 2020.

May 18

OT Stewart Reese transfers to Florida from Mississippi State Grade: A
Last week, the Florida Gators lost offensive tackle Issiah Walker, a 2020 prospect, when he decided to transfer to Miami. On May 16, Florida landed Reese (6-5, 346), a 3-year starter for Mississippi State who was originally recruited to the school by current Gators head coach Dan Mullen. Reese will come to Florida as a graduate transfer and have one year of eligibility. He made 37 starts in three seasons at Mississippi State, playing both right tackle and right guard.

In terms of 1-year transfers, Reese is a potential difference-maker who will give the Gators a major boost up front. He has tons of experience in the conference and played one year under current Gators offensive line coach Jon Hevesy.

The Gators have some question marks and lack of experience and depth on the offensive line. They have a hole at center, which has to be fill and youth at tackles. Reese appears more likely to play one of the guard spots and will have the flexibility to move to tackle if there is a reason for it. Either way, Reese is a ready-made lineman who is familiar with Mullen's offense and Hevesy's coaching, and he has NFL potential.

QB Taulia Tagovalioa transfers to Maryland from Alabama Grade: B
Tagovailoa (5-11, 207), the younger brother of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovalioa, chose to play for Maryland and head coach Mike Locksley, who was his older brother's offensive coordinator at Alabama. The younger Tagovailoa is short on experience, appearing in five games as a third-string quarterback for the Crimson Tide last season and completing 9-of-12 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown.

Maryland has a strange quarterback room to say the least. Two signal-callers left for the transfer portal after the 2019 season, leaving the Terps with starter Josh Jackson and redshirt freshman Lance LeGendre going into the offseason. Jackson, who started in 2019 and previously started two years at Virginia Tech, is the favorite to take the first snaps of the 2020 season. Tagovailoa, however, gives Maryland immediate depth - if he gets a transfer waiver from the NCAA - and future depth to compete with LeGendre for the starting job in 2021.

May 12

OT Issiah Walker transfers to Miami from Florida Grade: B+
To the surprise of seemingly everyone involved, Walker, a class of 2020 recruit who just enrolled at Florida in January, announced his intentions to enter the portal during the first week of May and announced his transfer to Miami less than a week later. The best explanation for Walker's sudden departure is that the coronavirus cut his campus time short in Gainesville and he had to return home to Miami to finish the semester. Walker may have just felt like he needed to stay close to home and made the move.

Barring a waiver, Walker (6-4, 305) will likely have to redshirt in the 2020 season. He might've done that either way and will still have four years of eligibility. From my earlier evaluation, "Walker was considered the biggest prize in a fairly weak year of offensive linemen in the state of Florida. Walker has good length, not great, but he is a plus-level athlete. When he is set up properly, Walker can just stonewall pass rushers with his strength. Walker can play left tackle, but I don't see him as a natural left tackle. He could move around the line and have more value as a "Swiss-Army knife" who can be a capable starter at all five positions.

CB Nick McCloud transfers to Notre Dame from N.C. State Grade: B
McCloud (6-1, 190) will enroll at Notre Dame as a graduate transfer and provide some immediate help to the team's secondary after making over 30 appearances and 20 starts with the Wolfpack. McCloud started seven games as a sophomore and 11 during his junior season, when he had two interceptions and six pass breakups, rating as one of the most productive cornerbacks in the ACC.

McCloud was prepared for a big senior season, but a knee injury put him out of action after two games. He took a redshirt to get an extra year and will likely play the boundary corner for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame has young depth in the secondary but only a couple of players with game experience, and without a spring camp to get the young players reps, McCloud will be leaned on to play and serve in a leadership role for the first-year players.

TE Jordan Wilson transfers to Florida State from UCLA Grade: C+
Wilson (6-5, 245) has played a lot of football, and he'll be coming to Florida State as a graduate transfer with one year to play. He appeared in 34 games for the Bruins and collected 25 catches for 244 yards and two touchdowns during his time in Westwood.

Florida State is going to run some multiple-tight end sets under new head coach Mike Norvell, and while I think it's undetermined exactly how much Wilson will be able to add to the receiving game, he should definitely provide help as an additional blocker. This is a good way for the Seminoles to help mask some of their glaring issues on the offensive line. Wilson isn't an offensive lineman, but he'll line up inside and provide a lot of help to a group of below-average offensive tackles. He is not a flashy transfer who will have big numbers on the stat sheet, but he will be a much-needed big body up front.

May 8

QB Keytaon Thompson transfers to Virginia from Mississippi State Grade: B-
Thompson (6-4, 225) will arrive in Virginia as a graduate transfer, where the redshirt junior will have two years of eligibility remaining. He was one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2017 recruiting class and one of the top-250 players in the country. That being said, Thompson was recruited by Dan Mullen and was a fit for Dan Mullen' style of offense. Thompson didn't have a whole lot of success in Joe Moorhead's scheme, and Thompson is not a fit for Mike Leach's pass-heavy attack.

As a freshman under Mullen, Thompson showed some good dual-threat skills, more as a runner than passer. He didn't get as many snaps as a sophomore under Moorhead in 2018 and just played in one game in the 2019 season before deciding to take a redshirt and eventually enter the transfer portal.

Virginia should be a much better situation for Thompson. It's a tough offense that needs a mobile quarterback to make things go. Thompson isn't a very accurate passer, just 48 percent over his college career, but Virginia's passing offense is less about accuracy and more about hitting big plays at the right time. If Thompson were a little better passer, I'd grade this move higher, but as it is I like it for Thompson and I like it for the Cavaliers.

April 30

OL Liam Shanahan transfers to LSU from Harvard Grade: C+
This isn't the first time LSU has been a landing spot for a Harvard football player. Quarterback Andrew Hatch transferred from the mighty Ivy League institution to LSU and was the backup on the Tigers' 2007 BCS Championship team. Shanahan (6-5, 310) will fill one of the several holes on the LSU offensive line as Saahdiq Charles, Lloyd Cushenberry and Damien Lewis had their names called last week during the 2020 NFL Draft.

Shanahan was a 3-year starter at Harvard, playing the Crimson's past 30 games. He will have one year of eligibility as a graduate transfer at LSU. Shanahan has history at right guard and right tackle. I don't see him as a tackle in at LSU, but I believe Shanahan should be able to hold up well at one of the guard positions and provide some experience on an otherwise pretty young offensive line.

WR Tarik Black transfers to Texas from Michigan Grade B-
This might be a sneaky good move for the Longhorns, one that I feel like I might be under-playing a tad bit. Black, out of Ceshire, Conn., was a big name in the 2017 recruiting class and a big name on the transfer market as Georgia, Miami and Mississippi State were among the programs that were also interested. He was one of the top wide receivers in the nation and earned the right to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl - now just the All-American Bowl.

Black had 11 catches for 149 yards as a freshman, but his career never really took off at the Michigan, which injuries had a big part to do with. He was healthy in 2019 and had 25 catches for 323 yards and a touchdown. Black (6-3, 215) is a big outside receiver and should have more opportunities in the downfield passing game at Texas. With Collin Johnson and Devin Duvernay off to the NFL, Black should have an opportunity to line up across from rising junior Brennan Eagles and get a lot of targets from Sam Ehlinger.

April 29

DE Justus Reed transfers to Virginia Tech from Youngstown State Grade: B
It's been long road for Justus Reed, but it will come to an end as a graduate transfer at Virginia Tech. The Hokies beat out Florida State for the Youngstown State sack leader. Reed, from Clearwater, Fla., started his career at the University of Florida in 2014. He was primarily a reserve in Gainesville and decided to transfer Youngstown State and learn under Bo and Carl Pelini. Reed dealt with some unfortunate injuries, both to his knee and Achilles, and earned two hardship years from the NCAA for his troubles. In 2019, Reed was finally able to enjoy health and consistent playing time. He recorded 12.5 sacks on the left side for the Penguins on the year. Reed (6-3, 265) will certainly provide additional pass rush for the Hokies, but his experience on the left side should give him good instincts against the run as well. Reed has experience and will be looking to end his college career with a bang.

DE/LB William Bradley-King transfers to Baylor from Arkansas State Grade: B-
Looking at the metrics, Bradley-King is among the most effective pass rushers in the nation. He has lined up at both linebacker and on the end. He'll play outside linebacker at Baylor for head coach and bright defensive mind Dave Aranda. Bradley King was productive in the past two seasons at Arkansas State. He had 8.5 sacks and 13.6 tackles for loss as a junior and six sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss as a sophomore with the Red Wolves. In the pass-happy Big XII, it's important for defenses to get pressure off the edge. Bradley-King's consistency with getting in the backfield was a big reason why Arkansas, Florida State and Houston were also recruiting him aggressively. There are elements of Bradley King's game that need work, especially his run defense, but he is expected to get to the quarterback, which he'll do for Baylor.
April 14

DT Fabian Lovett transfers to Florida State from Mississippi State Grade: B+
This edition of transfer portal grades might as well be called the "Florida State" edition because the Seminoles have received three commitments from players in the transfer portal over the past few days. None is more significant than Lovett (6-4, 315), who will add additional strength to a solid interior defensive line in Tallahassee.

Lovett's transfer received a ton of attention, as it came a day after Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach tweeted out a meme that showed a woman knitting a noose. Such images tend not to be received well in southern states like Mississippi, where racial history is still fresh to many. Lovett announced his transfer the next day, and a few days later, his father told local media that Leach's image spawned the transfer.

Lovett leaves Mississippi State with 19 tackles and a sack as a redshirt freshman. If he is granted immediate eligibility, he will be part of a group that include future NFL draft picks Marvin Wilson and Cory Durden and promising nose guard Robert Cooper. I thought Lovett was the best defensive prospect in Mississippi State's 2018 recruiting class. He should fit it well under the coaching of defensive line coach Odell Haggins.

DE/LB Deonte Wiliams transfers to Florida State from Baylor Grade: D+
Williams (6-1.5, 225) will be asked to provide depth for Florida State as a tweener pass-rusher and outside linebacker. He was medically disqualified from Baylor midway through the 2018 season after suffering an arm injury, but Williams says he's at full health and will have two years of eligibility remaining. He had 26 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss with a sack in 16 games for the Bears.

Florida State struggled getting to the quarterback in 2019, so finding a defensive end on the transfer market isn't a surprise. Williams, however, appears to be more of a help defender against the run than a natural pass-rusher off the edge. The fact that Williams hasn't played a snap in almost two years is another concern.

Williams will provide Florida State will another body at the defensive end/outside linebacker position, but he projects as more of a lower-end depth guy and special teams contributor more than someone who can really provide significant help with the pass rush.

CB Meiko Dotson transfers to Florida State from Florida Atlantic Grade: B
Dotson (5-11, 188) is the fourth player who Florida State has pulled off out of the transfer portal. As a first-year starter for the Owls in 2019, Dotson led the nation with nine interceptions.

The Seminoles have some young talent and some experienced talent in the secondary, but Dotson gives them a jack-of-all-trades type of player who can contribute anywhere in the defensive backfield. Dotson played all over the field for Florida Atlantic - he was a field cornerback one snap; he could move into the slot for the next snap; and then play free safety on third down in nickel and dime packages. Dotson only has one year of eligibility remaining, but he has an NFL ceiling and adding in a player who will be hungry for snaps to improve his draft stock should be beneficial for Florida State.

April 6

LB Jabril Cox transfers to LSU from North Dakota State Grade: B+
Cox, a three-time FCS champion at North Dakota State and a two-time FCS All-American, was arguably the most talented player remaining on the transfer market. Cox was the unquestioned defensive leader in the current dynasty program of the FCS. Cox (6-3, 233) is a legitimate NFL prospect, and he's going to bring a lot of experience to Baton Rouge to help a linebacking group that lost Jacob Phillips, Patrick Queen and K'Lavon Chaisson from last season. Cox was a tackling machine in 2019 with 92 stops and 9.5 tackles for loss. He was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year. Cox isn't just coming into LSU to provide a veteran presence and fill some of the holes on their defense. He has the opportunity to be a really impactful player in the SEC.

OL Chris Murray transfers to Oklahoma from UCLA Grade B+
Murray (6-2, 298) might not be an immediate contributor for the Sooners and has even floated the idea of using a redshirt season in 2020 - if we're playing football. But there will be center and guard spots opening for Oklahoma in 2021 and the former Freshman All-American (2018) is going to be asked to slip into one of those openings and keep the Sooners' offensive line success churning. Murray will have two years of eligibility plus a redshirt season remaining after starting in 2018 and 2019 for the Bruins. Murray becomes the second player who Oklahoma has grabbed off the transfer market from UCLA, joining wide receiver Theo Howard. The offensive line is often the hardest position to recruit, and Oklahoma is getting a nice gift by adding an experienced big body into the program.

QB Anthony Brown transfers to Oregon from Boston College Grade: B
Although redshirt sophomore Tyler Shough has been groomed to take over duties as Oregon's primary signal-caller from Justin Herbert, it was expected he would receive some competition. Brown (6-1, 215) made 28 starts at Boston College and racked up 4,738 yards passing with 40 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. Brown is also a running threat, although he didn't often get to show off his mobility in space. Brown has a lot of positives, but this isn't a sure thing like Justin Fields going to Ohio State. He will have to compete with Shough for snaps and show that he's worked to become a more consistent passer during his time off. At Oregon, the quarterback is the focal point of the offense, while Brown was asked to be more of a game manager at Boston College as running back A.J. Dillon was the centerpiece of the offense. At the least, Brown brings experienced depth, and it should be an exciting quarterback battle in Eugene.

March 22

RB Trey Sermon transfers to Ohio State from Oklahoma Grade: A
From the minute Sermon announced he was going to transfer from Oklahoma, he was linked to Ohio State, so this announcement seemed like more of an eventual happening than any sort of a surprise. That being said Sermon fits a major need for the Buckeyes, and his presence as an immediately eligible transfer will be happily received by Ryan Day and Buckeyes coaching staff. Although the Buckeyes had one of the top recruiting classes in the 2020 cycle, they missed out on their two major running back targets when Bijan Robinson signed with Texas and Jaylan Knighton signed with Miami. The Buckeyes didn't aggressively pursue their secondary options at the position and just signed one back, Miyan Williams, instead of the two they were hoping to sign.

Sermon can jump right in as an experienced replacement for J.K. Dobbins. They have similar skill sets as well. Sermon (6-0, 221) is similar in size to Dobbins if not a little bigger. Sermon hasn't ever taken on a full management load as a running back, but he still managed to rush for 2,076 yards and 22 touchdowns while splitting carries over 37 games. He is also a decent pass catcher with 36 receptions for 391 yards. The zone-read/spread offense that Ohio State runs will be very similar to the spread attack that Sermon was part of at Oklahoma. If anything, I wouldn't be surprised to see Ohio State utilize Sermon's receiving skills even more that the Sooners did.

Sermon has yet to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, but if he remains healthy and gets the 250-plus carries he's expected to get I wouldn't be surprised if he approaches 1,500 yards. Sermon will also get more touches as a receiver out of the backfield. Don't be surprised if Sermon finishes with somewhere around 260 carries and an additional 35-40 touches as a receiver out of the backfield; it's possible he will approach 2,000 yards of offense. A backfield of Justin Fields and Sermon will be one to watch.

The transfer portal is in its third year of action. As transfers become official and players switch teams, we'll grade those moves and predict which players will change the fortunes of their new programs.

March 22

RB Trey Sermon transfers to Ohio State from Oklahoma Grade: A
From the minute Sermon announced he was going to transfer from Oklahoma, he was linked to Ohio State, so this announcement seemed like more of an eventual happening than any sort of a surprise. That being said Sermon fits a major need for the Buckeyes, and his presence as an immediately eligible transfer will be happily received by Ryan Day and Buckeyes coaching staff. Although the Buckeyes had one of the top recruiting classes in the 2020 cycle, they missed out on their two major running back targets when Bijan Robinson signed with Texas and Jaylan Knighton signed with Miami. The Buckeyes didn't aggressively pursue their secondary options at the position and just signed one back, Miyan Williams, instead of the two they were hoping to sign.

Sermon can jump right in as an experienced replacement for J.K. Dobbins. They have similar skill sets as well. Sermon (6-0, 221) is similar in size to Dobbins if not a little bigger. Sermon hasn't ever taken on a full management load as a running back, but he still managed to rush for 2,076 yards and 22 touchdowns while splitting carries over 37 games. He is also a decent pass catcher with 36 receptions for 391 yards. The zone-read/spread offense that Ohio State runs will be very similar to the spread attack that Sermon was part of at Oklahoma. If anything, I wouldn't be surprised to see Ohio State utilize Sermon's receiving skills even more that the Sooners did.

Sermon has yet to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, but if he remains healthy and gets the 250-plus carries he's expected to get I wouldn't be surprised if he approaches 1,500 yards. Sermon will also get more touches as a receiver out of the backfield. Don't be surprised if Sermon finishes with somewhere around 260 carries and an additional 35-40 touches as a receiver out of the backfield; it's possible he will approach 2,000 yards of offense. A backfield of Justin Fields and Sermon will be one to watch.

March 17

RB Trey Sermon will transfer from Oklahoma
Sermon, a top running back prospect in the 2017 recruiting class, was expected to be the primary ball-carrier for the Sooners in 2019, after playing the role of a No. 2 running back as a freshman and sophomore. Injuries, however, kept Sermon off the field for long stretches and he eventually lost his carries to younger backs.

Sermon did rush for 385 yards on 54 carries - 7.13 yards per carry - and passed the 2,000-yard mark for his career at Oklahoma. Up until this point, Sermon has yet to show that he's a 20-carries-per-game sort of running back, but he's very explosive and is a big play waiting to happen out of the backfield. He rushed for 947 yards and 13 touchdowns on just 164 carries - 5.8 yards per carry - as a sophomore and added 12 receptions for 181 yards.

Sermon will be a graduate transfer and will be immediately eligible at his next stop. Already, some of the college football powerhouses are hoping to land Sermon. Oregon and Ohio State have been schools that have been mentioned already. I would be surprised if Sermon lasted more than a couple of weeks on the transfer market, and that might just be due to the recruiting period slowing down thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fact that Sermon is an immediately eligible transfer makes him more attractive to programs in the hunt for a title than say former Auburn running back Boobie Whitlow, who will have to sit out the 2020 season. Don't be surprised if some other schools jump in the mix for Sermon. I could see both Tennessee and Florida being interested in the Marietta, Ga., native and trying to get him in to shore up some depth issues both programs have at the position. With his decision to enter the portal, Sermon becomes the No. 1 transfer player currently on the market.

Feb. 20

WR Obi Obialo transfers to Oklahoma from Marshall Grade: B
I like this move for both Obialo and Oklahoma. The Sooners need another big, physical receiver to play on the outside, and Obialo comes in with several years of experience. The move to Oklahoma is almost a full-circle situation for Obialo. He signed with Oklahoma State as a preferred walk-on in 2016 and left the program in 2017, eventually ending up at Marshall. Obialo's junior season (2018) was his best. He had 42 receptions for 505 yards and four touchdowns.

Obialo played the last four games of the 2019 season and received a redshirt, so he'll be a graduate transfer in 2020. With the Sooners working in a new quarterback, a big target like Obialo (6-3, 214) should see plenty of looks and is a good bet for a career year.

TE Kenny Yeboah transfers to Ole Miss from Temple Grade: B+
Yeboah was a January transfer to Ole Miss and is already on the spring roster. Even though Yeboah's numbers weren't eye popping as a junior, his 19 receptions for 233 yards and five touchdowns was a career best in a low-end passing offense. Now he'll go Lane Kiffin's offense, where he should be targeted a lot more and could use a big season in the SEC as a springboard to a strong draft position in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Yeboah (6-5, 240) has the size to a provide a mismatch and can run and stretch the field. As Kiffin tries to re-build the wide receiver depth at Ole Miss, he'll lean on Yeboah's experience and pass-catching ability.

OL Stephen Spanellis transfers to Vanderbilt from Michigan Grade: C+
Opportunity knocks for Spanellis, who was a very good program contributor for Michigan over three seasons. The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder appeared in 36 games on special teams and 14 as a reserve offensive lineman for the Wolverines. Vanderbilt returns just two starting offensive linemen from 2019. The Commodores need size and experience up front, and Spanellis was looking for an opportunity to start. Vanderbilt lost offensive tackle Devin Cochran to the transfer portal before eventually signed with Georgia Tech, but Spanellis will help ease the pain of that loss.

DE Xavier Kelly transfers to Arkansas from Clemson Grade: B
This is another situation in which opportunity opens up for a player who needed a place to get more snaps. Kelly (6-4, 305) was expected to get more opportunities in 2019 after Clemson lost Dexter Lawrence and Christian Wilkins to the NFL Draft. Kelly, however, found himself behind true freshman Tyler Davis and sophomore Jordan Williams and was used strictly as a rotational guy.

Arkansas quickly got to recruiting Kelly and will bring him in this summer as a graduate transfer. Kelly produced when his number was called and recorded 26 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble in 13 games during 2019. Kelly is expected to be one of the anchors on a revamped Arkansas defense and will be relied upon to provide some experience and stability on the defensive line.

DL Jarrett Jackson transfers to Florida State from Louisville. Grade: B-
Jackson was another signing period transfer for the Seminoles, and much like their other acquisitions from the transfer portal, they are banking on Jackson being healthy after missing the 2019 season. Jackson (6-6, 280), a former tight end, should give Florida State some much-needed depth at defensive end while Josh Kaindoh is likely to miss spring while he recovers from an ACL injury.

Jackson, who will be immediately eligible in the 2020 season, will have three years of eligibility. I believe he'll stay at defensive end in 2020 because Florida State lacks depth there, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Jackson move to the interior in 2021 if the defensive line becomes better.

Feb. 5

QB K.J. Costello transfers to Mississippi State from Stanford Grade: B+
Costello will come to Mississippi State as a graduate transfer and continue to develop his skills as a passer under new Bulldogs head coach Mike Leach. Costello brings a lot of experience, with 25 starts at Stanford even though he had to fight off some injuries during that time. He had a monster season in 2018 with 3,540 yards, 29 touchdowns and a 65.1 completion percentage. If Leach decides to continue with his high-volume passing attack, Costello could easily reach those numbers again, and he would likely surpass them if he stays healthy. Keeping Costello upright is going to be the challenge, as he's going to have to avoid many of the big hits that quarterbacks take in the SEC. I can't give this transfer an 'A' because of Costello's injury history, but I believe Mississippi State got one of the best quarterbacks on the transfer market.

QB Chase Brice transfers to Duke from Clemson Grade: C+
Sometimes stats don't tell the full story. When Clemson needed Brice the most, he was there and he performed. That's the best thing you can say about a player who doesn't get a lot of snaps. In 2018, Trevor Lawrence, in his first full week as Clemson's starter, was hurt on a run. In a tight game that could've determined Clemson's fate, Brice came in and performed. He completed the big pass when Clemson needed him to, and the Tigers went on to defeat the Syracuse Orange 27-23 before eventually winning the 2018 College Football Playoff.

Brice knew he was never going to start ahead of Lawrence and instead devoted his time to being a great teammate and a good student. Brice has his degree, and with two years of eligibility remaining, he's going to play for David Cutcliffe at Duke. Brice has only thrown 136 passes over his career, but that's over a 100 more than any quarterback on Duke's anticipated roster in 2020, so he is likely going to be the Blue Devils' starter from day one. Brice is one of those players you root for, and I'm excited he's going to get his opportunity.

DE Quincy Roche transfers to Miami from Temple Grade: A
It can always be tricky to make the move from the Group of Five to a Power Five program. Roche, however, might prove to be a special case. Roche proved to be an elite pass-rusher in the American Conference and was named AAC Defensive Player of the Year. Now, he will be joining a team that averaged 3.54 sacks per game last year. Roche had 13 sacks at Temple last season and will be joining dynamic pass-rushing specialist Gregory Rousseau, who had 15.5 sacks last season. The Hurricanes were going to have a formidable pass rush with just Rousseau leading the way. But Rousseau and Roche could both hit their numbers from 2019 and make Miami's pass rush among the best in the country. This was a power move by Roche and the Hurricanes.

DT Charles Moore transfers to Oregon State from Auburn Grade: A-
This is an interesting one. Moore was one of the top-rated players in Auburn's 2019 recruiting class. He didn't last more than a couple of games before deciding to leave the program.

It was expected Moore would enroll in Jones Community College in Ellsville, Mississippi, but instead he got in touch with Jonathan Smith and is enrolled at Oregon State. Moore (6-4, 269) is going to have four years of eligibility - no redshirt -, and he basically becomes the top recruit for the Beavers in their 2020 class and one of the highest-rated recruits in the program's history. The Beavers actually have some depth on the defensive line, so Moore shouldn't be overwhelmed with snaps early. But he has a high ceiling and potential NFL talent, something that's been missing from the Oregon State roster for a long time.

DL Malik Barrow transfers to Rutgers from Central Florida Grade: C+
Barrow is another interesting case. He's a two-time transfer coming to Central Florida from Ohio State last season and getting hurt after four games. Barrow (6-3, 270) has size and potential. The size will give Rutgers some flexibility on how to use him on the defensive line. Potential, however, depends on if Barrow can shake the injury bug and stay in the lineup. If he can, he gives Rutgers some real athleticism in the trenches.

At the end of the day, it's an easy flyer for Rutgers to take. If Barrow works out, he gives the Scarlet Knights good snaps and boosts his stock as a pro prospect. If he doesn't work out, it's just for a year and it doesn't really affect the long term plans of Rutgers coach Greg Schiano.

Feb. 3

OT Cade Mays transfers to Tennessee from Georgia Grade: A
Yeah, this is one of those transfers that strengthens one program and hurts the other. That pain is doubled when that other program is in the same division, plus it could be tripled if Mays is granted an immediate eligibility waiver.

Mays was a major contributor for Georgia over the past two seasons. He made the ALL-SEC Freshman team in 2018 and proved to be a valuable Swiss army knife in 2019, playing four different positions and making 14 starts.

Mays is part of a Tennessee legacy. His father, Kevin Mays, played at Tennessee in the early '90s and his younger brother, Cooper Mays, is a member of Tennessee's 2020 recruiting class. Cade Mays (6-6, 318) can play anywhere on the line and hold his own. Tennessee had two true freshmen at the tackle positions last year. I could see left tackle Wanya Morris moving to guard and Mays holding down the left tackle spot if he is granted immediate eligibility.

OT Coy Cronk transfers to Iowa from Indiana Grade: A-
Cronk (6-5, 320) will bring plenty of experience to Iowa after making 40 starts for the Hoosiers over the past three-plus seasons. He had a season-ending ankle injury in 2019 and decided to use the year as a redshirt and enter the transfer portal. He will come to Iowa as a graduate transfer and will likely slide into the right tackle spot that Tristan Wirfs, who is headed to the NFL, held.

Iowa actually needed a little more depth at the tackle position to give sophomore Jack Plumb more time to develop behind projected left tackle Alaric Jackson. If Cronk plays at right tackle, the Hawkeyes are likely to shift junior Mark Kallenberger to guard and get their best five linemen on the field.

OT Kellen Diesch transfers to Arizona State from Texas A&M Grade: C+
Diesch was one of the top offensive linemen in recruiting class of 2016. He was never able to get on the field as a stater at Texas A&M, but he did contribute as a backup and appeared in 12 games last season. Diesch should be able to see the field as a starter at Arizona State with the Sun Devils losing five regular contributors on the line from 2019. Diesch is a graduate transfer and will be used to bridge the gap between the returning offensive linemen and the young players who will be getting their first real taste of action in 2020.

OL Devontay Taylor transfers to Florida State from Florida International Grade: C
Florida State is expected to have redshirt freshmen or sophomores starting from 2-4 spots on the line, and with Ryan Roberts and Abdul Bello out of eligibility and Jawan Williams in the transfer portal, the Seminoles need tackles and overall depth. Taylor is probably better suited to play guard at a Power Five program, where his lack of length isn't as much of an issue, but he has 26 starts at right tackle under his belt and the Seminoles need a right tackle. Florida State's offensive line has been among the worst in college football, so anyone who can bring experience and compete will be welcome. Roberts, who transferred into Florida State from Northern Illinois in 2019, proved to be serviceable, and Taylor shouldn't be much of a drop-off from that.

WR Velus Jones Jr. transfers to Tennessee from USC Grade: C+
Jones Jr., who is originally from Saraland, Alabama, will make the trek back to the southeast as a graduate transfer after three years on the west coast. Jones had a limited role in the USC passing game, making 36 catches for 347 yards over three seasons.

Jones projects as a back-up rotational wide receiver who is most likely to get on the field in four-wide sets. Where he could really make an impact is on special teams as a kick returner. Jones had a 100-yard kick return for a touchdown last year for the Trojans and averaged over 24 yards per return in 2019. As a special-teams weapon, Jones is capable of breaking a big return each game and giving Tennessee favorable field position.

WR Brenden Schooler transfers to Arizona from Oregon Grade: B-
Schooler dealt with nagging injuries in 2019 and will go to Arizona as a graduate transfer, joining his brother Colin Schooler, who starts at linebacker for the Wildcats. When healthy, Brenden Schooler has shown he's good for 20-25 catches in a season. One thing that sticks out with this transfer is the reaction of Oregon teammates and fans when Schooler announced he was leaving. To say he was beloved is an understatement, with several teammates sending their best wishes and commenting on how much of a leader he was. Given that the Wildcats will be trying to avoid a third-straight losing season under head coach Kevin Sumlin, they could probably use some additional leadership and a positive locker room presence.

WR Devon Williams transfers to Oregon from USC Grade: B-
One of the major recruiting battles in the class of 2018 saw Williams commit to USC over Oregon. Now two years later, Williams is ready to see if the grass is greener on the other side. Williams had a very limited role in the Trojans' offense. He appeared in 12 games as a freshman but only had four catches for 87 yards. He played two games and had one catch in 2019 before entering the portal after starting quarterback J.T. Daniels was injured. It turned out true freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis turned out to be a player, something Williams clearly didn't expect when he made the decision.

Johnny Johnson is going to be the top wide receiver in Oregon's offense next year, but behind that, the depth chart is open. Williams will be immediate eligible and should challenge Bryan Addison, J.R. Waters and Lance Wilhoite for starting reps.

WR Theo Howard transfers to Oklahoma from UCLA Grade: UGH!
Originally, Howard's transfer to Oklahoma was going to be an "A" because he had two incredible productive seasons in Westwood and could easily be a 1,000-yard receiver in Lincoln Riley's offense. But reports on that Howard suffered an torn Achilles tendon during workouts on January 31, and if that's the case, it appears likely that Howard's season might've ended seven months before it was set to begin. With Oklahoma having youth at quarterbacks and only four receivers who caught passes in 2019, the stage was set for Howard to be the go-to target. Let's see how Howard recovers over the next seven months and revisit this one.

WR Tre'Shaun Harrison transfers to Oregon State from Florida State Grade: A-
Harrison was one of several players who announced they were leaving Florida State after Willie Taggart was dismissed. Harrison was one of the bigger recruiting wins for Taggart, as he pulled the red-chip wide receiver from Seattle, Washington. Harrison made strides in 2019, catching 27 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns.

Harrison is a likely candidate for a waiver to play immediately, and if that's the case, he'll likely becomes a favorite to start alongside Trevon Bradford and Tyjon Lindsey. Harrison (6-2, 195) will give the Beavers the big outside wide receiving threat they don't have on the roster. This was a very good pickup.

TE Tre' McKitty transfers to Georgia from Florida State Grade: B
I upped McKitty's grade a bit because my good friend Charles Fishbein, the head of Elite Scouting Services, alerted me that McKitty's blocking was much better than I thought. "Look at most of Cam Akers' big runs, McKitty was making big blocks," he said. And wow, if he isn't right. McKitty was a solid, if unspectacular member of Florida State passing game with 49 catches for 497 yards and two touchdowns over the past two seasons.

I think McKitty can do more in Georgia' s offense with Todd Monken running the show and probably utilizing more creative sets. The fact that McKitty can stay in on run downs and block gives him a lot of value. I wouldn't be surprised if he's a breakout player in 2020.

TE Carl Tucker transfers to Alabama from North Carolina Grade: C+
Tucker will play for the Crimson Tide as a graduate transfer and brings a ton of experience - 38 games, 20 starts - with him. He wasn't heavily involved in the passing game in 2019, but that might've been expected with the Tar Heels breaking in freshman quarterback Sam Howell.

The Crimson Tide also has quarterback questions going into 2020, so I expect them to lean more on the running game and throwing to the tight end. Tucker could match or surpass his career-best 2018 numbers - 16 catches, 265 yards, two touchdowns. Either way, Tucker's experience and blocking will be extremely helpful for Alabama.

Jan. 31

QB Peyton Powell transfers to Rutgers from Baylor Grade: B+
Powell is such an interesting story. He was committed to Texas during the recruiting process and flipped to Baylor. He enrolled at Baylor, but left before the start of the 2019 season. Powell was originally planning to transfer to Utah but changed his mind and signed with Rutgers.

If Powell gets a waiver from the NCAA, he'll be eligible for the 2020 season, if he doesn't, he might only have three years of eligibility starting with the 2021 season, depending on the ruling. Both Rutgers coach Greg Schiano and offensive coordinator Fran Brown were familiar with Powell and tried to recruit him when they were at Ohio State. Powell is a very good athlete, and whether he lines up at quarterback or wide receiver, his transfer should pay off for Rutgers over time.

RB Lorenzo Lingard transfers to Florida from Miami Grade: C+
Lingard was a blue-chip prospect coming out of Orange City, Florida in the recruiting class of 2018. He looked good in limited action in 2018 against overmatched competition, but he spent most of his time off the field fighting various injuries. It probably wasn't going to work out for Lingard at Miami with him falling on the depth chart.

Florida has meanwhile an open spot for a starting running back with the departure of Lamical Perine. Right now, I would think that Malik Davis or Dameon Pierce has the edge, but if Lingard is healthy and motivated, he could certainly make it a competition. One thing in Lingard's favor is that Gators coach Dan Mullen would like to use multiple backs during a game.

It's clear that Lingard was a special talent coming out of high school, but that's the key phrase: coming out of high school. In two years, he hasn't done anything in college, and while he could certainly become a great running back at Florida, there's no reason to believe that Lingard is a "can't miss, day-one starter" for the Gators just because he was great in high school.

WR Justin Shorter transfers to Florida from Penn State Grade: B-
Everything I said about Lingard in relation to Florida, I could also say about Shorter. But Florida has had success with previous wide receiver transfers Van Jefferson and Trevon Grimes, and the receiver position is one where a player can still be productive as a No. 2 or No. 3 option, whereas a No. 3 RB is basically collecting dust.

Shorter was one of the most coveted receivers coming out of high school in the recruiting class of 2018, but he just hasn't put up the numbers at Penn State or gotten into a more prominent receiving role on the field. Shorter should find the Gators' depth chart friendly since they lost their top four receivers from the 2019 season to graduation. Shorter will compete with Grimes, Jacob Copeland and Kadarius Toney for the three open starting wide receiver spots.

Shorter was a special talent out of high school, but he still needs to prove it in college. At Florida he'll have every opportunity to be the guy.

RB Brittain Brown transfers to UCLA from Duke Grade: B (depending on NCAA ruling)
This one is hard to grade because Brown might not have any eligibility left. He spent four seasons at Duke in a career that has shown promise when he wasn't dealing with major shoulder injuries. With the way the math works, the NCAA could give Brown a redshirt year and a medical hardship and make him eligible for 2020 and 2021 or just give him the hardship for 2020 or 2021 or decide not to give him anything. The lattermost is unlikely, so Brown will probably be allowed to play in 2020 at the least.

Brown's best season came in 2017, when he averaged 5.4 yards per carry over 130 carries for 701 yards and seven touchdowns, plus had 161 yards receiving. If he stays healthy and can give UCLA just 75 percent of that production, this will be a very good transfer.

ATH Raheem Blackshear transfers to Virginia Tech from Rutgers Grade: A-
Blackshear was part of a player's revolt at Rutgers during the end of Chris Ash's disastrous tenure. Despite playing on a horrible team, Blackshear was a bright light in 2018, recording over 900 total yards rushing and receiver. For the four games he played in 2019, Blackshear was easing more into a slot receiver role and cutting back some of his carries in the running game.

Blackshear is a total Swiss-army knife who will provide snaps at slot receiver and running back and be a major part of the return team. At Virginia Tech, I expect Blackshear to continue to provide more snaps at receiver than anywhere else, and he'll provide an explosive element on offense that the Hokies are looking for.

RB Khalil Herbert transfers to Virginia Tech from Kansas Grade: B
I admit, I'm not a fan of the way upperclassmen seem to be manipulating the redshirt rule. Herbert is a classic case of this. A solid, rotational back, Herbert decided to sit out after the first four games with the plan of returning to Kansas in 2020. I read this as "this team isn't good, so I'll sit out and come back next year when we're hopefully better".

It's not Herbert's fault that the rule is being used the way it is, but I can't imagine that sits well with teammates. Anyway, as the story goes, Kansas head coach Les Miles misinterpreted Herbert's intentions and wished him well or he said he misinterpreted them and just didn't want him back on the team.

Either way Virginia Tech lands a player best suited as the RB2 part of a rotation. Herbert rushed for over 1,700 yards and 14 touchdowns in three-plus seasons as a Jayhawk. Herbert's best season was in 2017, when he had 663 yards and four touchdowns on 120 carries - 5.5 yards per carry. He won't be spectacular, but he should bring experience and production to the Hokies' backfield.

RB Jashaun Corbin transfers to Florida State from Texas A&M Grade: C
Here's another transfer that comes down to health. Corbin showed some promise as a freshman as Texas A&M, when he rushed for 346 yards on 61 carries - a 5.7 ypc average - in a backup role. Corbin was going to be a major contributor in 2019, but he blew out his hamstring in the second game of the season against Clemson and missed the rest of the year. The hamstring injury was bad, bad enough to where there are still questions if he would be healthy in 2020 even if he got a waiver for immediate eligibility.

That being said, Florida State's running back room is razor thin, so any level of depth is appreciated. It's safe to call Corbin a major question mark if he's eligible to play in 2020, but one that Florida State had to take a flyer on. Ironically, Corbin was committed to the Seminoles in the recruiting class of 2018, but followed Jimbo Fisher to Texas A&M. So, maybe you can go back home.

Jan. 30

QB Jake Bentley transfers to Utah from South Carolina Grade: B
Bentley missed most of the 2019 with a foot injury he suffered in the season opener against North Carolina. He'll go to Utah as a graduate transfer and brings a lot of experience onto a team near the top of the standings in the Pac-12 and looking to get over that hump. Bentley is more of a drop-back passer, and he should fit well in Utah's traditional offense, which is built on physicality and a strong running game to set up the pass. Utah's outgoing quarterback, Tyler Huntley, threw for 2,996 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2019, and I wouldn't be shocked to see Bentley post similar numbers if he stays healthy.

QB Feleipe Franks transfers to Arkansas from Florida Grade: C+
This an interesting move by Franks, as I expected him to go to a program that had a better shot at competing for a conference championship, at the least. Arkansas isn't a total rebuild because Chad Morris did recruit some talent at the skill positions, even though he couldn't win there or utilize the talent properly. Franks is the ultimate boom-or-bust player in a boom-or-bust year. He has tremendous physical talent and plenty of starting experience. He also has bouts when he's completely inaccurate and makes some decisions that could get a quarterback benched on the spot. The good news is Arkansas offensive coordinator Kendal Briles seems to have success with athletic quarterbacks like Franks. I believe we'll see Franks run more in 2020 and work on his accuracy in hopes of working his way into the 2021 NFL Draft as a high Day 3 selection. That's the best-case scenario. The worst case is he doesn't eliminate the bad mistakes and is just keeping the seat warm for a younger player.

QB Joey Gatewood transfers to Kentucky from Auburn Grade: B+
Gatewood was a fringe blue-chip quarterback prospect coming out of Jacksonville, Florida in the recruiting class of 2018. At 6-foot-5, 235 pounds coming out of high school, Gatewood was quickly compared to Cam Newton, but did not have the same kind of success at Auburn. He sat behind Jarrett Stidham for a year and lost a quarterback battle to true freshman Bo Nix in 2019. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn consistently spoke of plans to interject Gatewood into games, but the team didn't really seem to have a package for him and often let Nix fight through his struggles on the field.

If Gatewood isn't immediately eligible for the 2020 season, he'll be preparing to take over the Wildcats in 2021. If he does play in 2020, he'll probably back up Terry Wilson and be used a little more liberally. Kentucky went to the single wing in 2019, with converted wide receiver Lynn Bowden rushing for nearly 1,500 yards under center, and the team could carry a lot of that offense over with Gatewood, who's still developing as a passer. After being down to zero quarterbacks early in 2019, Kentucky should feel good about the future of the position with Gatewood in the mix.

QB D'Eriq King transfers to Miami from Houston Grade: A-
Normally, I'm not a big fan of quarterbacks moving from the Group of Five to a Power Five program. It's a much bigger move than people think, and the talent depth on the defenses is much greater in the ACC than it is in the American Conference. But Miami is looking to change the way it does things on offense and brought in Rhett Lashlee to implement more of a wide-open spread attack. The original plan for King was to return to Houston after sitting out the final eight games of 2019, but he's probably not a great fit for what Dana Holgorsen wants to do there. King had his best season in 2018 with 2,982 yards passing, 674 yards rushing and 50 total touchdowns. If he can reach 80-85 percent of those numbers, it will be some of the best production the Hurricanes have had from the quarterback position in years.

QB Jamie Newman transfers to Georgia from Wake Forest Grade: B
Georgia decided to play it safe in 2019, doubling down on Jake Fromm. It made sense given Fromm's experience and track record of winning, but the opportunity cost for keeping Fromm was losing Justin Fields to a transfer and watching him lead Ohio State to the College Football Playoff. Georgia was fine under Fromm, as the Bulldogs won 11 games, the SEC East and the Sugar Bowl. But with a lot of young skill talent coming in and a several new starters on the offensive line expected in 2020, the Bulldogs needed a more dynamic athlete at quarterback. Enter Newman, who threw for 2,868 yards, rushed for 574 yards and scored 32 total touchdowns in 2019. Newman will be working with a young, but extremely talented group of backs and receivers, plus a new offensive coordinator, Todd Monken, who will emphasize the big play. Georgia has championship expectations, and the pressure will be on Newman like he's never felt before. He has the talent, but will he have the moxie to win the big games in the SEC?


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