Saturday, July 14, 2012
Transfers come and go in the SEC
By Chris Low
While it’s true there’s no such thing as trading in college football, the transfer market can get quite active.
The SEC is no exception.
The biggest names leaving the SEC following this past season were former Auburn tailback Michael Dyer and former Alabama quarterback Phillip Sims.
Dyer was second in the SEC in rushing last season with 1,242 yards and became the first player in Auburn history to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons. But he found his way into Gene Chizik’s doghouse, was suspended for the Chick-fil-A Bowl, and wound up transferring to Arkansas State.
The NCAA recently denied Dyer’s request to be eligible this season, meaning he will have to sit out and won’t be able to play until 2013.
Sims, who lost the quarterback battle at Alabama to AJ McCarron last season, will be on the field this fall. The NCAA granted his waiver for immediate eligibility, and Sims will compete for the starting quarterback job at Virginia.
While Dyer and Sims are on their way out, Auburn welcomes fullback Jay Prosch from Illinois and Vanderbilt welcomes quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels from Wyoming.
Prosch, wanting to be close to his ailing mother in Mobile, Ala., will be eligible to play right away and figures to make a big impact in the Tigers’ running game. Carta-Samuels sat out last season after starting for two years at Wyoming. He will battle incumbent Jordan Rodgers for playing time this fall.
Running back Corey Grant will also be eligible this fall at Auburn after transferring from Alabama. Grant hasn't played in two years. He redshirted in 2010 at Alabama and sat out last season at Auburn to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.
Another transfer to watch is Tennessee defensive end Darrington Sentimore, who started his career at Alabama. Sentimore spent last season at Gulf Coast (Miss.) Community College before returning to the SEC and signing with the Vols in December.
The highest-profile transfer in the SEC heading into the season just happens to be the best defensive player in the league.
Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones led the SEC in sacks (13.5) and tackles for loss (19.5) last season. It was his first season on the field for the Bulldogs after transferring from USC.
Ironically enough, Jones left USC after injuring his neck and not being cleared to play by the Trojans’ medical staff. He’s originally from Columbus, Ga.