Re-ranking the top college football quarterback transfers

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One of the biggest topics heading into the 2019 season was the quarterback transfers. Some big names like Jalen Hurts and Justin Fields left their schools for new teams. Expectations have been met by some, but not by others. Their schools performances appear to correlate with their success and failures. Now that were over halfway through the year, let’s look at who actually panned out, and who fell off.

Quarterback successes

Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma

Early Heisman favorite continues to dominate Big 12 competition. Hurts proves why it’s okay to leave a school for your own benefit. Instead of riding the bench behind Tua Tagovailoa, he put his name towards the top of the best college football quarterbacks.

Justin Fields, Ohio State

You can make an argument the Ohio State Buckeyes are the best team in college football, and Fields is the best quarterback. Concerns about Fields passing game have been erased with his 18 touchdowns to just one interception. Hello, playoff, the Buckeyes are on their way.

Shane Buechele, SMU

He won’t receive enough attention, but Buechele’s the reason SMU’s 6-0 for the first time since 1982. His move from Texas to the Mustangs proved to be the right choice, and his new teammates thrive with him running the show.

Kelly Bryant, Missouri

Not a surprise, Bryant’s doing just fine. Missouri’s concern at quarterback were erased when he came to campus, and he hasn’t disappointed.

Jacob Eason, Washington

Eason’s return home’s resulted in more NFL attention. Washington got him back for this year, but might need to beg him to come back for another one.

Doing okay

Alex Hornibrook, Florida State

Hornibrook and James Blackman continue to battle, and the offense looks different seemingly every drive. He looks more consistent right now, but he’s not exactly dominating opposing defenses.

Brandon Peters, Illinois

Peters kept getting overlooked for the starting spot at Michigan, so he left. Props to him, as he’s getting his chance at Illinois. His 58.7% completion percentage isn’t great, but he’s thrown 10 touchdowns to just four interceptions.

Austin Kendall, West Virginia

Neal Brown and Kendall started over, and it’s gone alright so far. Jalen Hurts’ transfer to Oklahoma forced Kendall out, but Brown was more than happy to give him a new home.

Josh Jackson, Maryland

Just like his team, Jackson started strong (541 yards passing, 7 TD – 1 INT in two games) but struggled as of late (427 yards, 3 TD – 3 INT in three games). His future is unknown due to an injury, but his play must get better going forward.

Riley Neal, Vanderbilt

The Commodores just lost to UNLV, so maybe we don’t want to talk about them right now. Neal went from the MAC to the SEC, and proved he can handle that transition.

Tommy Stevens, Mississippi State

Injuries have limited his playing time, but he’s also struggled with consistency. Same with the Bulldogs.

Quarterback failures

Brandon Wimbush, UCF

His tenure at quarterback with the Knights didn’t last long, and now’s listed as a receiver. Wimbush hasn’t seen the field much since Dillon Gabriel took over as the starting quarterback.

Tate Martell, Miami

Martell came to Miami from Ohio State, but didn’t win the starting job. He might get a chance given the inconsistencies with Jarren Williams and N’Kosi Perry, but for now he’s stuck at receiver.

Nick Starkel/Ben Hicks, Arkansas

Both came for a chance to start, but neither have stuck out. Arkansas’ struggling (lost to San Jose State), and their quarterbacks aren’t helping much.

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