Who are the top graduate transfer quarterbacks going into the 2019 season? Where are they transferring to, and who’s going to make the biggest impact?
14. Chance Thrasher, Coastal Carolina to UNDECIDED
From one of his tweets, the former Chanticleer appears to be interested in going to an FBS team to play in a bowl, but his home – for now – is likely at an FCS team. The 6-2, 220-pounder didn’t get a whole lot of work in his first two seasons, completing just 7-of-12 passes for 69 yards.
13. Chris Oladokun, USF to Samford
Oladokun could never grab the gig at USF with Quinton Flowers the man and then Blake Barnett stepping in. He had a few opportunities, but he only completed 23-of-45 passes for 297 yards and three touchdowns with a pick in his few chances. With Barnett the entrenched starter, Oladokun is off to Samford.
12. Jackson Tyner, Rice to UNDECIDED
The 6-5, 240-pounder has the arm, but he doesn’t fit the current Rice offensive system. He completed just 47% of his passes for 1,048 yards and four touchdowns and seven picks in his three years with the Owls. Sophomore Wiley Green appears to be the option for Rice for now, making Tyner an interesting prospect. The tools are there.
11. Brett Kean, USF to UNDECIDED
Just like the situation for Chris Oladokun, USF’s quarterback situation is settled with Blake Barnett the starter. Kean got in a little work this season, completing 15-of-34 passes for 140 yards and a score. He’s not that big, but he’s a pro-style passer from Ohio who could step in and fit right away for a MAC team.
10. Christian Alexander, FIU to UNDECIDED
The guy just wants to play. The 6-3, 225-pounder was the backup behind James Morgan last year, but when the main man was hurt, Alexander was able to step in and shine in the bowl game win over Toledo. Morgan is back for one more year. Alexander is good enough to play somewhere in the FBS, but he’s expected to go the FCS route.
9. Alex Delton, Kansas State to TCU
Kansas State rotated their quarterbacks for the last few seasons, but it’s almost certainly Skyler Thompson’s gig going forward. Delton chose to follow former K-State assistant Dana Dimel to UTEP … and then he pivoted. Just when it looked like the Miners had their guy, Delton chose to transfer to TCU.
The 6-0, 205-pound Delton is a veteran who’s ready to step in right away, running for 868 yards and 11 scores for the Wildcats, and completing 56% of his passes for 1,202 yards and five scores with four picks.
8. Riley Neal, Ball State to Vanderbilt
It’s an interesting move that flew under the radar, but it could be a big deal for the Commodores. Kyle Shurmur is gone, but former Syracuse transfer Mo Hasan has a little bit of experience and will be deep in the hunt for the opening.
Neal is a 6-6, 225-pound passer who was fine for the Cardinals – completing 60% of his throws for 7,393 yards and 46 touchdowns with 25 picks – but injuries were an issue.
7. Quinten Dormady, Tennessee to Central Michigan
There’s a shot this becomes a statistical superstar transfer moment. New head man Jim McElwain needs a triggerman to challenge Tony Poljan, and the well-travelled Dormady might be it.
The 6-7 Poljan completed just 52% of his throws for 625 yards and two scores with five picks. The 6-4, 222-pound Dormady started out his career at Tennessee and threw for almost 1,300 yards with seven scores in his 13 games. He transferred to Houston where he didn’t see the light of day, completing just 2-of 5 passes for eight yards.
6. Gage Gubrud, Eastern Washington to UNDECIDED
He might be worthy of the No. 3 spot on this list if 1) he gets a sixth-year of eligibility and 2) he goes to Washington State and gets the gig. Wazzu already has two decent options to replace Gardner Minshew in Trey Tinsley and Anthony Gordon, and Cammon Cooper is the likely superstar of the near future. However, Gubrud – coming off a toe injury that cost him most of last year.
In 2016, Gubrud threw for 5,160 yards and 48 touchdowns for EWU, and followed it up with a 3,326-yard, 26-score season, He threw 13 touchdowns last season before getting hurt. The 6-2, 205-pounder is ready-made to step in, but again, he has to be eligible. Boise State is a possibility, too.