- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
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We’ve looked at the top junior college transfers. On Monday, we broke down the incoming graduate transfers. Now it’s time to look at everybody else -- the rest of the transfers eligible to play in the SEC this season.
LB Jake Ganus, Georgia (from UAB): When the UAB football program was cut, the players had to find a new home. Ganus, the team’s leading tackler last season, was the only former Blazer to end up in the SEC, and now he’s gone from a middling Conference-USA team to potentially competing for a national championship at Georgia. How would he handle a rise in competition? Well, all he did this spring was make plays. The senior was initially brought in to provide depth, but there’s still a chance he starts at one of the linebackers spots this fall for the Bulldogs.
OL Austin Golson, Auburn (from Ole Miss): The talent is there. As a true freshman, Golson played in 12 games for Ole Miss. But it’s been a little over a year and a half since Golson last played in a game, and there aren’t many outside of his home state who remember his name. That could change quickly. The former offensive tackle has moved inside to center, and he’s currently the favorite to replace former Auburn star Reese Dismukes. Every play, every snap, starts with him, and he could serve as the catalyst for one of the SEC’s best offenses.
S Tray Matthews, Auburn (from Georgia): The last memory we have of Matthews is when he and former Georgia teammate Josh Harvey-Clemons allowed a touchdown to Auburn’s Ricardo Louis in what became known as the “Prayer at Jordan-Hare.” Now, nearly two years later, Matthews is on the same side as Louis. He transferred to Auburn following his dismissal from Georgia, and he’s expected to start at one of the two safety spots this fall. He could be the key in helping rebuild a defense that struggled mightily down the stretch last season.
OL T.J. McCoy, Florida (from North Carolina State): As a 2015 recruit who signed in February, McCoy was only at North Carolina State for one semester before he opted to transfer back home to be with his ailing father. Because of the circumstances, the NCAA granted him a waiver making him eligible to play for Florida this season, and the Gators need him now more than ever. The offensive line was down to six healthy players in the spring game. If nothing else, McCoy will provide much-needed depth up front, likely at guard or center.
WR Damore’ea Stringfellow, Ole Miss (from Washington): Adding Stringfellow to the mix is like adding a top recruit with college experience. He was ranked No. 51 in the ESPN 300 when he came out in 2013. As a freshman at Washington, he finished with 20 receptions for 259 yards and a touchdown. And now, he pairs with Laquon Treadwell to form what could be one of the better receiving duos in the SEC. The problem for Stringfellow has been staying out of trouble. But if he can do that, he has a chance to be a very good player for Ole Miss.
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