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College Football Portal Tracking: Big Names on the Move

College Football Portal Tracking: Big Names on the Move

Circle December 5th on your calendar, college football fans.

This is the day college footballA new transfer portal window will officially open. Despite new NCAA transfer windows are accepted and introducedmany players have already announced that they will leave their current school and look for a new home in 2023.

Last season there were likes Caleb Williams, Michael Penix Jr, Because Nix and Jamir Gibbs enter the transfer portal. Williams is now considered the favorite to take home this year’s Heisman Trophy in his first year USCwhile Penix Jr., Nix and Gibbs also had great years in their new homes.

Who will be the main transfer next year?

We keep track of the biggest names entering the college football portal.

December 1: Ex Michigan QB Cade McNamara to Iowa

Statistics for 2022: 56% completion percentage, 180 passing yards, one touchdown pass, one interception.

Why it matters: McNamara helped lead Michigan to a Big Ten championship and its first-ever College Football Playoff appearance in 2021. He started all 14 games for the Wolverines that season, throwing for 2,470 yards and 15 touchdowns, with just four interceptions.

He began the 2022 campaign in a QB battle JJ McCarthy. McNamara ultimately lost the QB competition and then suffered a season-ending leg injury in the Wolverines’ 59-0 win over End in the 3rd week.

Iowa had one of the worst offenses in college football in 2022, ranking 123rd out of 131 FBS teams with just 17.4 points per game. Now the Hawkeyes will hope to turn that around with McNamara.

December 1: State of Oregon QB Chance Nolan

2022 stats (five games): 59.4% completion percentage, 939 passing yards, seven touchdowns, eight interceptions

Why it matters: The No. 15 Beavers improved to a 9-3 regular season record, their best mark in a decade. Even more impressively, they finished the regular season 6-1 behind a backup quarterback Ben Gulbranson after Nolan came off Oregon State’s Oct. 1 loss Utah with a neck injury. Beavers head coach Jonathan Smith uses a pass-heavy offense, but Gulbranson acquitted himself well when Oregon State had to pass, throwing for 1,290 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions.

Nolan threw for 2,677 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2021, but took a step back in 2022 before his injury, throwing four interceptions in a close 20-17 loss to current no. 4 USC in September.

#21 Oregon State stuns #9 Oregon

R. J. Young reacts to the Oregon State Beavers stunning the Oregon Ducks 38-34.

December 1: Virginia QB Brennan Armstrong

Statistics for 2022: 54.7% completion percentage, 2,210 passing yards, seven touchdowns, 12 interceptions

Why it matters: To understand Armstrong’s appeal, one has to go back to his 2021 stats under former Virginia head coach Bronc Mendenhall and offensive coordinator Robert Anaye. Armstrong had a 65.2% completion percentage, 4,449 passing yards, 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions that year, and was a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award. Virginia’s all-time passing yardage leader could remain in the ACC – Syracusewhere Anae currently coaches would be a natural landing spot for Armstrong depending on who the Orange’s current quarterback Garrett Schrader decides his future.

On December 1, other famous people: Nebraska POUND Ernest HausmanNebraska WR Decoldest Crawford, Kentucky RB Kavosiei Dim, State of Arizona DL Anthony Cooper

November 30: Alabama WR Treshawn Holden

Statistics for 2022: 25 catches, 331 yards, six touchdowns.

Why it matters: Unlike in years past, Alabama didn’t have a clear transition to a wide receiver on the roster this year. Holden was one of several pass catchers who played a major role in the Crimson Tide’s offense this season. He finished third among wide receivers with 331 yards and second in touchdown catches with six.

The former four-star prospect out of Florida has significantly increased his production over the past two seasons. He will be a coveted target for teams across the country this offseason.

November 30: Oklahoma WR Theo Wiese

Statistics for 2022: 19 catches, 378 receiving yards, four touchdowns.

Why it matters: Wease is the latest Oklahoma receiver to enter the transfer portal on the same path as Mario Williams (USC) and Jadon Hazelwood (Arkansas). All three were mega-recruits when they arrived on campus, as Wiese was a former five-star prospect out of Allen, Texas. He leaves Oklahoma with 64 catches for 1,044 yards and 10 touchdowns in three seasons.

Wease enters the portal as a graduate with two years left to play.

Oklahoma QB Dillion Gabriel hits Theo Wiese

Oklahoma regains the lead after Dillion Gabriel hits Theo Wise for a 61-yard touchdown against Texas Tech.

November 30: Western Michigan RB Sean Tyler

Statistics for 2022: 209 carries, 1,027 yards rushing, seven rushing touchdowns, 12 catches, 111 receiving yards, one receiving touchdown.

Why it matters: Tyler has been one of the top rushers in college football over the past two seasons. He leaves Western Michigan with 2,830 yards and 23 touchdowns on the ground. He surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in the 2021 and 2022 seasons. He’s also a solid receiver out of the backfield, rushing for 338 yards and three touchdowns at WMU.

November 29: Texas QB Hudson card

Statistics for 2022: 68.4% completion percentage, 928 passing yards, six touchdown passes, one interception.

Why it matters: According to, Card was a highly touted recruit coming out of high school, the No. 59 overall prospect in the 2020 class and the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback. He redshirted as a true freshman and then played from behind Casey Thompson in 2021, appearing in eight games and making two starts at center.

Card lost the Longhorns QB battle with Quinn Ewers last offseason but filled in nicely when Ewers was injured. He played well against Alabama in Texas’ 20-19 loss in Week 2 and enjoyed his best performance of the season against West Virginia Oct. 1, completing 21 of 27 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-20 win.

Whoever gets the card gets a talented quarterback with a wealth of big-game experience.

Texas’ Hudson Card connects with Xavier Worthy

Hudson Card connects with Xavier Worthy for a 10-yard touchdown to give the Texas Longhorns a 7-0 lead over the West Virginia Mountaineers.

November 29: Indiana QB Conor Bazelak

Statistics for 2022: 62.2% completion percentage, 2,312 passing yards, 13 passing touchdowns.

Why it matters: Bazelak is transferring to his third school in three years. The former four-star recruit spent his first three years in the Missouriwhere he was the team’s starter in 2020 and 2021. He transferred to Indiana before the 2022 season and had a solid season with the Hoosiers, throwing for 2,312 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Bazelak is a talented QB with three years of experience. He has had a prolific career, throwing for over 7,000 yards and 36 touchdowns since 2019.

Indiana QB Connor Bazelak finds DJ Matthews Jr.

Indiana took a 10-7 lead over Illinois after Connor Bazelak connected with DJ Matthews Jr. on a 52-yard touchdown pass.

November 27: Georgia Tech Director Jeff Sims

Statistics for 2022: 58.5% completion percentage, 1,115 passing yards, five touchdown passes, three interceptions, 302 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown.

Why it matters: Sims was a three-year starter at Georgia Tech and threw for more than 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in his collegiate career. He can do it with his legs, too, totaling over 1,000 yards and 11 scores on the ground.

Sims started the first seven games of the 2022 campaign at center for the Yellow Jackets, but suffered a foot injury on Oct. 20 in a 16-9 loss to Virginia.

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