Changing the landscape doesn’t change the player’s DNA. The coaching staff can change the way a midfielder is used and improve his production, but flaws will emerge under intense pressure. It’s like Tim Tebow’s throwing motion. This guy may have Peyton Manning’s legs and Drew Brees’ accuracy in real life, but in the face of the onslaught of defensive midfielders and defenders, kicking motion has emerged.
Have you ever met someone who “used to” have a voice that rose to prominence after a few cocktails? That’s what happens to QBs under pressure. Statistics give these pre-season rounds that nearly half of college quarterbacks are transfers, with 59 of those named starters, According to Sports 247.
The transfer portal is responsible for the revenue and the coaches, often the bad guys who can’t install a towel rack let alone offence, have accepted the more or less free agency it generates. That said, like free agency in the NFL, landscape-changing QBs rarely hit the market. If it happens at the NCAA level and a proven player is available, that’s rare.
Russell Wilson did all he could at NC State before setting off for Wisconsin. Vernon Adams Jr., if you remember him, also used the graduate transfer exception when he came to Oregon from Eastern Washington. However, his tenure as a Duck didn’t grow the way Wilson did as a Badger.
Disgruntled signal callers hit the market more often, and for every Joe Burrow or Justin Fields, there are 17 Luke McCaffreys, Bo Nixes, Spencer Rattlers, etc.
Before last season, Rattler was a Heisman frontrunner in Oklahoma, and any GameCock fan who thought they were getting a QB of that caliber figured out as quickly as Lincoln Riley that he’s not that guy. The transfer went 23-of-37 for 227 yards, a touchdown, and two picks against Georgia State.
So when your school announces a former four-or-five-star recruit is transferring to become the starting quarterback, the reaction should not be the same as if it had signed the player out of high school. A new car depreciates in value the second it leaves the lot, as do high school quarterbacks once they lose a starting job or two.
If Kansas State fans only looked at Adrian Martinez’s markup pack and the career stats when he comes from Nebraska, they’re going to be exciting. And boy is optimism is short-lived. Yes, the Wildcats won on Saturday, taking down South Dakota 34-0. But Martinez ended the games with a total of 92 yards, going 11/15 for 53 yards.
Husker fans have enjoyed the same style as I’m sure thousands of Longhorns fans will inform them that Casey Thompson has a lot to do with Texas’ 5-7 record a year ago. . The expectation for Jalen Hurts has always been a national championship – and you can argue for a Heisman winner as he chooses to follow Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray as he moves on to become Riley’s next disciple at Oklahoma. The move comes with a lot of stats but no hardware, and (maybe unfairly) the skepticism of Alabama fans has been confirmed.
The Sooners were rowed by the Tigers, 63-28, in the CFP. No one stopped that LSU team, but if you remember Burrow’s first year in Baton Rouge, he was 10-3, and a lot of fans didn’t sell him. He nearly doubled his passing yards from middle school to senior year (2,894 to 5,671) and more than tripled his TD passes (16 to 60) while throwing just one more interception (from five to six).
It’s an anomaly, like Fields, because no one really knows how good it is because they’ve never played. The only way for Caleb Williams to leave Norman was to follow his head coach, and unusual circumstances, as well as a pickup bed full of cash, made that possible. CJ Stroud and Bryce Young don’t leave the safety of their attack lines unless following Ryan Day or Nick Saban (and even then, I don’t know if Stroud does). Can you imagine Tebow playing anywhere other than Gainesville? They still bottle his sweat and use it like holy water.
Do you think Virginia Tech would let Hendon Hooker walk if they knew he could command an attack like he has done since taking over at Tennessee? It was not known to him that Michigan transfer Joe Milton started Week 1 for the Vols in 2021 before eventually becoming a backup. Va. Tech might also want to find the offense, you know, or else it’s going to be a long season for the transfer of Marshall Grant Wells, who didn’t even make it past the 200 yards and has four wins pick in Hokies’ Week 1 lost to Old Dominion.
Good coaching staff develop good midfielders, and chances are if your team entered the transfer market because they ruined the guy before, they would kill this guy too. Damn, it could have been even worse because he developed bad habits. I was encouraged more by Quinn Ewers because there were so few college tapes on me. However, Steve Sarkisian is the key to this, and I won’t let him drive the golf cart.
So, good luck to every fan base, hoping that a transfer will save the job of the head coach who is missing their job – which according to the portal, a lot of you.