December 5th circle on calendar, college football fans.
That’s the day college football’s new transfer portal window officially opens. Despite the new NCAA transfer window being adopted and introduced, many players have already announced they will be leaving their current schools in 2023 to find new homes.
Saw the likes of last season Caleb WilliamsMichael Pennix Jr. Bo Nicks Jahmyr Gibbs enters the transfer portal. Williams is now considered the frontrunner to bring home the Heisman of the Year trophy in his first year at USC, and Pennix Jr., Knicks and Gibbs have all had great years in their new homes as well.
Who are the players to watch out for next year?
We track the biggest names to get into the college football transfer portal.
November 30th: Alabama WR Treshon Holden
Statistics for 2022: 25 catches for 331 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Important reasons: Unlike years past, Alabama didn’t have a clear go-to wide receiver on their roster this year. Holden was one of several passing catchers who played a key role in the Crimson Tide’s offense this season. He ranked third among wide receivers with 331 yards and second in touchdown catches with six.
The former four-star prospect from Florida has seen a significant increase in his production over the last two seasons. He will be a coveted target for teams across the country this offseason.
November 30th: Oklahoma WR Theo Weeds
Statistics for 2022: 19 catches, 378 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns.
Important reasons: Weas is Oklahoma’s newest wide receiver to enter the transfer market, following in the footsteps of Mario Williams (USC) and Jadon Hazelwood (Arkansas). Wease was a former 5-star candidate from Allen, Texas, so he was a super recruit when all three arrived on campus. He leaves Oklahoma with 64 catches for 1,044 yards and 10 touchdowns in his 3rd season.
Wease entered the portal as a graduate and has two years left to play.
Oklahoma QB Dillon Gabriel attacks Theo Weas
Oklahoma regained the lead after Dillon Gabriel hit Theo Weas for a 61-yard touchdown against Texas Tech.
November 30th: western michigan RB Sean Tyler
Statistics for 2022: 209 carries for 1,027 rushing yards, 7 rushing touchdowns, 12 catches, 111 receiving yards and 1 receiving touchdown.
Important reasons: Tyler has been one of college football’s most productive rushers over the past two seasons. He left West Michigan with 2,830 total yards and his 23 touchdowns. He topped his 1,000-yard mark in his 2021 and his 2022 consecutive seasons. He was also a solid receiver from the backfield, and during his tenure at WMU he gained 338 yards and scored three touchdowns.
November 29th: texas QBs hudson card
Statistics for 2022: 68.4% completion rate, 928 passing yards, 6 passing touchdowns, 1 interception.
Important reasons: Card is a hot new recruit fresh out of high school, ranked as the 59th prospect and the 2nd best dual-threat quarterback overall in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports.com. He red-shirted as a true freshman and played behind Casey Thompson in 2021, appearing in eight games and making two starts under center.
Card lost the Longhorns’ QB battle to Quinn Ewers this past offseason, but filled in admirably when Ewers was injured. He played well against Alabama in his 20-19 Week 2 loss to Texas and the West on October 1. He enjoyed a season-best game against Virginia, where he passed 21 of 27 for 303 yards. completed and scored his three touchdowns in the 38–20 victory.
Anyone who wins the card is gaining a talented quarterback with plenty of big game experience.
Texas Hudson Card Connects with Xavier Worthy
The Hudson Card connected with Xavier Worthy for a 10-yard touchdown to give the Texas Longhorns a 7–0 lead over the West Virginia Mountaineers.
November 29th: Indiana QBs Connor Bazellak
Statistics for 2022: 62.2% completion rate, 2,312 passing yards and 13 passing touchdowns.
Important reasons: Bazelak goes to his third school in three years. The former four-star recruit spent his first three years in Missouri, where he was the team’s starter in 2020 and his 2021 season. He moved to Indiana before his 2022 season and had a solid season with the Hoosiers, throwing for 2,312 yards and scoring 13 touchdowns.
Bazelak is a talented QB with three years of starting experience. He has had a productive career since 2019, throwing for over 7,000 yards and scoring 36 touchdowns.
Indiana QB Connor Bazelak found DJ Matthews Jr.
Indiana led Illinois 10–7 after Conor Bazerac connected with DJ Matthews Jr. on a 52-yard touchdown pass.
November 28th: Michigan QBs Cade McNamara
Statistics for 2022: 56% completion rate, 180 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, 1 interception.
Important reasons: McNamara helped lead Michigan to the Big Ten Championship and its first appearance in the 2021 College Football Playoffs. He started all 14 of his games for the Wolverines that season for 2,470 yards and he threw for 15 of his touchdowns with only four interceptions.
He started the 2022 campaign with a QB battle with JJ McCarthy. McNamara ultimately lost his QB competition and suffered a season-ending leg injury in his 59-0 win for the Wolverines over UConn in Week 3.
With 16 starts, McNamara will have plenty of suitors.
Nov. 27: Georgia Tech QB Jeff Sims
Statistics for 2022: 58.5% completion rate, 1,115 passing yards, 5 passing touchdowns, 3 interceptions, 302 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown.
Important reasons: Sims was a three-year starting pitcher at Georgia Tech, throwing for over 4,000 yards and scoring 30 touchdowns in college. He can also do it with his feet, totaling over 1,000 rushing yards and 11 points on the ground.
Sims started the first seven games of the 2022 campaign under the Yellow Jackets’ center, but suffered a foot injury in a 16–9 loss to Virginia on October 20.
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