The dizzying movement of players in college football this offseason will have even the biggest fans trying to make sense of who's going where as spring football wraps up this month.
After a season played in a pandemic and then the loosening of transfer restrictions by the NCAA, allowing players immediate eligibility at their new school, the portal was flooded with big names seeking new destinations for the 2021 campaign.
Almost every team has been forced to adjust — whether through adding players to fill needs or seeking replacements for those who left openings. There's also a domino effect as no team wants to have empty spots when the music stops.
The biggest transfers and their outlooks for making an impact:
Jack Coan, QB, Notre Dame (from Wisconsin)
Without a foot injury before the team's first game, it would have been Coan leading the Badgers last season. Instead, Graham Mertz took the controls and Coan never saw the field. The move to Notre Dame opens up the possibility he could be behind center for the Irish, who need a replacement for three-year starter Ian Book. Drew Pyne, the other competition in the quarterback race, played in four games as a freshman last year. If experience is a factor, Coan should prevail. He made 14 of his 18 starts for Wisconsin in 2019 and led the team to a 10-4 record.
McKenzie Milton, QB, Florida State
(from Central Florida)
This could be the heartwarming story of the year if Milton can win the starting job with the Seminoles more than two years after a serious knee injury sidelined him. There wasn't a fit with the Knights with Dillon Gabriel entrenched as the starter, so Milton moved north in the state to find an opportunity. Florida State has struggled with quarterback play during its downturn the past four seasons. Milton coming anywhere close to the form that saw him finish sixth in the Heisman voting in 2018 would be a huge plus.
Eric Gray, RB, Oklahoma (from Tennessee)
The Sooners were looking for some running back help with Rhamondre Stevenson headed to the NFL and the team whiffing among some top high school recruits. Enter Gray. Despite being Tennessee's leading rusher from last season with 772 yards, the junior wasn't able to fully display his talents in an offense that was near the bottom of the Southeastern Conference. That won't be the case with Oklahoma and Lincoln Riley. Gray is already drawing raves for his running and pass-catching ability this spring. He should fit in seamlessly as the Sooners look to improve upon last year's numbers.
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