Saturday, July 14, 2012
Pac-12 impact transfers
By Ted Miller
Every season, players transfer from one school to another. Some are never heard from again. Some flourish. Here are a few incoming Pac-12 transfers who could have an impact this year.
Quarterbacks Jordan Webb (Kansas to Colorado) and Connor Wood (Texas to Colorado): It's a good bet that the Buffaloes starting quarterback will be one of these two in 2012. Webb, a former starter, bolted for Boulder when he was no longer wanted by new Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis. Wood, a once touted recruit, left Texas after losing a competition for the starting job.
Offensive lineman Stan Hasiak, UCLA to Oregon State: It's not often a player flames out at one Pac-12 school and re-emerges at another. Hasiak's tumultuous tenure ended badly in Westwood -- he was dismissed from the team after having academic and behavior problems -- but he's got a good chance to start or see plenty of action on the Beavers' questionable offensive line. And he does have a redshirt year available.
Defensive tackle Brandon Willis, North Carolina to UCLA x2: Willis, a redshirt freshman, has twice transferred from North Carolina to UCLA in the past year and a half, but this time his move West appears to be sticking. He also was No. 1 at nose guard after spring practices.
Safety Josh Shaw, Florida to USC: The 6-foot-1, 200-pound third-year sophomore was granted a hardship waiver by the NCAA after playing in 10 games for the Gators last year. The Trojans are deep at safety but Shaw has a chance to see action.