Who are the graduate transfer quarterbacks, how good are they, and where are the best spots for them to land?
Graduate Transfer Quarterback Rankings
It’s college football’s version of free agency, especially at the most important position.
If you play almost any other position, there’s going to be a spot for you on the field. If you’re a quarterback, though, only one guy gets to take the snaps. Once your eligibility is almost up, and you’re not going to play, you’ve got to go.
How good are these transfers, and what’s the best guess on where the unsigned ones are going? Here you go with a ranking and analysis of the 20 graduate transfer quarterbacks.
20. Ryan Boyle
Former Team: Iowa
Best Guess New Team Projection: FCS (chose Indiana State)
Part wide receiver, part quarterback after being stuck behind better options at Iowa, the 6-1, 208-pounder is taking off to try finding a home as a quarterback. He’s a dual-threat talent with an accurate arm and nice speed.
19. Shawn Stankavage
Former Team: Vanderbilt
New Team: Rice
The Owls desperately need a boost, and Stankavage might just be it if he’s healthy. Never able to stay in one piece at Vandy, the 6-2, 205-pounder completed his only pass attempt, but he’s a pro-style passer who just needs a shot.
18. Tucker Israel
Former Team: Clemson
Best Guess New Team Projection: FCS
It was going to be a rough run to get starting time no matter what, and then he got sick, Trevor Lawrence signed on, Kelly Bryant was already in place, and Hunter Johnson was looking for time, too. The smallish baller from Orlando who broke a ton of Tim Tebow’s high school records might give UCF a try, and Akron gave it a run for him the first time around, but the best guess is the FCS route.
17. Jeff George Jr.
Former Team: Illinois
Best Guess New Team Projection: FCS (chose Michigan)
The Big Ten experience is there, but he just wasn’t very good. The 6-3, 215-pounder has size, but he doesn’t have his dad’s arm – almost nobody does – completing just 48% of his passes for 1,743 yards and 11 touchdowns with 15 picks in his Illini career. However, he’s got two years of eligibility remaining.
16. James Morgan
Former Team: Bowling Green
New Team: FIU
The writing was on the wall after Jarret Doege started to get the Bowling Green offense moving late in the season – the program will likely build around him. The FIU quarterback situation is mediocre – to be nice – and now Morgan steps in to bring a few years of experience. The problem? He threw 22 interceptions over the last two years.
15. Jacob Park
Former Team: Iowa State
Best Guess New Team Projection: Georgia State
It was a rough season for Park, personally. He started out amazing, throwing for 1,181 yards and nine scores, but with five picks including a problem against Texas. But personal issues ended his season after he took an indefinite leave of absence. The Georgia native might be a great fit for Georgia State, who has a depth problem, and with Aaron Winchester a beatable projected starter.
14. J.J. Cosentino
Former Team: Florida State
Best Guess New Team Projection: Pitt
He was always supposedly in the mix for the FSU quarterback job, but not really – not with the talent the program amassed over the last several seasons. Call this a total guess, but the 6-5, 230-pound Pittsburgh native might just be the right guy to take over the Panthers. Kenny Pickett is already in place, and JUCO transfer Ricky Town is coming in, but Cosentino would almost certainly have the gig if he ended up back home.
13. Evan Shirreffs
Former Team: Miami
New Team: Charlotte
Stuck behind a slew of terrific prospects, the 6-5, 216-pounder leaves Miami completing just two of seven passes for 16 yards. Very smart, he’s actually going to use his graduate degree, but there’s a big beef over whether or not he can be released to go to another ACC school – like Duke. Northwestern or Vanderbilt would’ve been nice fits, pushing for either starting job in 2019, but he’s in a battle for the Charlotte 49er job.
12. Alex Malzone
Former Team: Michigan
New Team: Miami University
A terrific get for the MU, Malzone has the size, the arm, and the upside to be the main man for the RedHawk offense – if he can get the starting gig. With two years of eligibility left, the program can build around him, but Gus Ragland has been great at times – throwing 39 touchdown passes and just eight picks – having led the RedHawks to a bowl two years ago.
11. Quinten Dormady
Former Team: Tennessee
Best Guess New Team Projection: UTSA (chose Houston)
It’s not his fault the Tennessee offense stunk. Vol fans aren’t all that upset to see the 6-4, 222-pounder go after he completed 57% of his passes for 1,282 yards and seven touchdowns with six picks, but it’s not like he had a lot of help. This is just a projection and a guess, but UTSA has the upside to go bowling and be a player in the Conference USA title chase. With Dalton Sturm done, Dormady – who grew up just outside of San Antonio – would step right in and start.