NCF Nation: 071512 transfers

The ACC has been on both the winning and losing end of transfers this offseason, and it has affected the quarterback position in particular. At Maryland, the Terps’ depth at the position took a significant hit when Danny O’Brien decided to transfer to Wisconsin. At Virginia, the Hoos will benefit from the transfer of former Alabama quarterback Phillip Sims.

What O’Brien did -- he graduated in three years -- means he can play for Wisconsin immediately and has two years of eligibility remaining. It’s a similar path taken by former NC State quarterback Russell Wilson, who used his final year of eligibility with the Badgers as a graduate student. O’Brien’s departure, though, leaves the Terps with only one quarterback with any game experience in C.J. Brown.

At Virginia, Sims was recently granted a waiver by the NCAA so he could play immediately. Whether he actually wins the starting job is a story line that could play out into the season. The Hoos finally found a dependable starter last year in Michael Rocco. It’s his job to lose, but Sims will be given the opportunity to push him for it at fall camp.

How both Sims and O’Brien fare at their new schools will be worth watching this fall.

The Big 12's impact transfers

July, 14, 2012
The Big 12 has a handful of impact transfers who'll be ready to take the field this season. Here's who you need to be looking out for.

Dayne Crist, QB, Kansas: Crist is the next in a line of high-profile transfers who don't have to sit out a season because they completed their undergraduate requirements and are pursuing a graduate degree not offered at their previous university. Russell Wilson made the jump from NC State to Wisconsin last season, and now Crist will join the coach who recruited him to Notre Dame -- Charlie Weis -- to try to revive a floundering Kansas program. He is a big upgrade at quarterback and he will try to make a group of receivers look good after Weis lauded them all spring.

Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor: Seastrunk is another high-profile transfer who could have a big impact, but he had to sit out the greatest season in Big 12 history for Baylor last season. He broke a big run in the spring game and finished with 138 yards and a touchdown on just seven carries. He left Oregon amidst a recruiting scandal and very little playing time to come home -- just up the road from his hometown of Temple, Texas. The shifty speedster will offer a home run threat Baylor needs without Robert Griffin III.

Look out in 2013 for another high-profile running back, too. Former Nebraska talent Aaron Green left the Huskers to return home to Texas, too. He'll have to sit out 2012 after transferring to TCU, but he'll be a major weapon for the Horned Frogs next fall.

Big East impact transfers

July, 14, 2012
With fall practice a few weeks away, let's go over a few more impact transfers to watch in the Big East.

Here is the list I had up during spring practice. There is one big addition.

Montel Harris, Temple. Harris has the potential to make the biggest impact of any transfer in the Big East, given all he accomplished during his time at Boston College. Harris fills an immediate need for the Owls, who lost their leading rusher from a year ago in Bernard Pierce. There are no doubt some questions about the Temple offensive line, which lost four of five starters and lacks depth. But if Harris can find even one shred of a hole, he should make his impact felt. His résumé speaks for itself.

Interestingly enough, the Owls are the beneficiary of two very high-profile transfers that bring instant name recognition, moreso than any other team in the Big East. Former Penn State quarterback Kevin Newsome also has arrived on campus, hoping to push Chris Coyer for the starting quarterback job. Coach Steve Addazio has consistently maintained that Coyer is his starter, but he wants to find a role for Newsome.

Though his Penn State career was a disappointment, Newsome does fit into the mold Addazio likes in his quarterbacks. We will wait and see what type of impact Newsome has this season. He and Harris could really help the Owls make some noise in Year 1 in the Big East.

Transfers come and go in the SEC

July, 14, 2012
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.

Impact transfers in the Big Ten

July, 14, 2012
Who are the impact transfers in (and out) of the Big Ten in 2012? Keep an eye on these players who switched four-year schools and who should be eligible this season:

Incoming transfers

Danny O'Brien, QB, Wisconsin (from Maryland): O'Brien hopes to follow Russell Wilson's playbook and go directly from the ACC to the Rose Bowl with the Badgers. O'Brien, who graduated from Maryland to become immediately eligible, is expected to start at quarterback and solve the depth problems Wisconsin has. And he'll be able to play in 2013, too.

DeAnthony Arnett, WR, Michigan State (from Tennessee): Receiver is a major position of need for the Spartans, so it was great news when Arnett was ruled immediately eligible after transferring to be close to his ailing father. Arnett had 24 catches for 242 yards and two touchdowns as a true freshman for the Volunteers in 2011.

Kyle Prater, WR, Northwestern (from USC): Prater is still awaiting word on whether he'll be immediately eligible this season. But if he is cleared, the former blue-chip recruit should make a major contribution for the Wildcats with his size and speed.

Quinn Evans, CB, Northwestern (from Stanford): The Wildcats know that Evans, who graduated from Stanford, can play right away. And though he missed all of last year with an injury, Evans could provide help to a secondary that really struggled in 2011.

Brock DeCicco, TE, Wisconsin (from Pitt): DeCicco started three games for Pittsburgh in 2010 before switching to the tight end haven that is Wisconsin. The Badgers already have All-America candidate Jacob Pedersen at the position, but DeCicco should provide additional depth and playmaking skills.

Tommy Davis, S/KR, Illinois (from Northern Illinois): Davis graduated from Northern Illinois and became immediately eligible for the Illini when he transferred earlier this summer. He's a two-time All-MAC kick returner who could help Illinois' woeful special teams while providing depth in the secondary.

Outgoing transfers

Marcus Coker, RB, Stony Brook (from Iowa): Coker led Iowa in rushing and was second in the Big Ten with 1,384 yards and 15 touchdowns. He transferred to the FCS after some off-the-field problems. His departure was a big loss for the Hawkeyes and he figures to dominate at a lower level if focused.

Pac-12 impact transfers

July, 14, 2012
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.
We're two days removed from Friday the 13th, and no bad news has come for Notre Dame.

That wasn't the case three months ago, when a hastily called news conference was set up the morning of April 13 to announce the decision of Aaron Lynch to transfer. The move wasn't without its drama — Lynch had been sent home days earlier, his mother pleaded on Twitter with former Irish lineman Justin Tuck to convince her son to stay — but when the dust cleared, Lynch was heading closer to home.

The Cape Coral, Fla., native will play for Irish alum Skip Holtz at South Florida, where he will look to build on a freshman All-America season that saw him start six games and lead the Irish in sacks (5.5) and quarterback hurries (14). He also had 33 tackles, including seven for a loss, and forced one fumble.

The 6-foot-6, 270-pound Lynch has first-round NFL talent, getting to the quarterback with ease and capable of making a game-changing play at any given moment. He was expected to key an Irish pass rush that would ease the burden of breaking in two new starters in the secondary.

But if one position group can handle a defection, it is the defensive line. Stephon Tuitt is more versatile and, possibly, more valuable than Lynch, able to play inside or out. Kapron Lewis-Moore is back for one more year and a proven starter, and Kona Schwenke emerged in the middle this spring, creating the potential for a very strong interior with him and Louis Nix splitting snaps. Lynch also picked up six penalties last season, mostly after the whistle, and he didn't exactly apologize for them when given the chance.

While the energy, athleticism and overall threat of Lynch on the field can't be replaced, the Irish do have plenty of talent that is capable of filling the void and still producing a strong pass rush this season.