Examining the future of the SEC's transferring QBs
Whether it is due to depth chart issues, homesickness, coaching changes or just the desire for a change of scenery, a number of SEC quarterbacks are on the move this offseason seeking a new team via transfer.
Here’s a look and where they’ve been and where they’re going:
- Departing: Kentucky (2013-2015: 423-of-758, 5,099 yards, 24 TD, 24 INT)
- Destination: Towles recently announced he’ll finish his college career at Boston College.
- Forecasting the future: Boston College, coached by former Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio, is a curious choice for Towles. Addazio is known for running a run-oriented spread offense, not exactly a natural fit for Towles’ size (6-foot-5, 240 pounds) or skill set. One would assume the BC coaches pitched a change to a more pass-heavy offense to Towles.
- Departing: Georgia (2013-2015: 19-of-38, 202 yards, 4 INT)
- Destination: Bauta will reunite with former Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, who is now the head coach at Colorado State.
- Forecasting the future: In the two seasons which Bauta played under Bobo, the quarterback threw a grand total of four passes for UGA. Though Bauta will be familiar with Bobo’s offense, he’ll still likely be the backup to CSU QB Nick Stevens, who had a solid sophomore season (189-of-305, 2369 yards, 21 TD, 12 INT).
- Departing: Ole Miss (2014-2015: 25-of-35, 206 yards, 2 TD; 37 carries, 182 yards, TD)
- Destination: In his transfer announcement, the Rebels third-string QB cited a desire to be closer to home in Dallas.
- Forecasting the future: There are plenty of high-powered offenses throughout Texas. As a former three-star recruit with a limited collegiate resume, however, Kincade is unlikely to be in demand.
- Departing: Texas A&M (2014-2015: 278-of-475, 3,532 yards, 33 TD, 14 INT)
- Destination: At the time of his transfer announcement, Allen floated the idea of reuniting with high school teammate Mark Andrews at Oklahoma. More recently, speculation has pointed to Houston as the possible landing spot.
- Forecasting the future: Allen has the tools to play on Sundays. Under the guidance of a coach like Lincoln Riley (Oklahoma) or Tom Herman (Houston), Allen should be able to pick up right where he left off at Texas A&M. Despite the Aggies’ rocky season, Allen finished as the No. 5 passer in the conference this season (2,210 yards).
- Departing: Texas A&M (2015: 72-of-121, 686 yards, 5 TD, 7 INT; 53 carries, 355 yards, TD)
- Destination: A year ago, the former national Gatorade Player of the Year chose Texas A&M over Texas, Oklahoma and Oregon. Baseball could also play a factor in the decision for Murray, a highly touted prospect on the diamond.
- Forecasting the future: Murray’s talent and ability to make things happen caught the college football world’s attention during the Aggies season opener against Arizona State. His passing game needs to develop further, but any team that uses Murray as a dual-threat lands a bona fide playmaker.
- Departing: Florida (2015: 106-of-161, 1204 yards, 10 TD, 3 INT)
- Destination: Grier’s transfer process will be complicated by his one-year suspension connected to a positive test for performance enhancing drugs. There are differing reports as to whether he can serve the suspension while sitting out a season as part of transferring to an FBS school. UF has restricted Grier from directly transferring to an SEC school or future Gators opponent. The Davidson, N.C. native and 2013 state Gatorade Player of the Year may consider North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State, Wake Forest or his father’s alma mater, East Carolina, if he wishes to stay close to home.
- Forecasting the future: It’s unclear whether Grier will go the junior college route, and get back on the field as soon as possible, or pick an FBS destination and begin learning a new system and playbook with the goal of playing in the 2017 season. Grier’s potential is off the charts based on the flashes of brilliance he displayed in six games at Florida. He could thrive in the right setting.