Games can be won or lost in the transfer gate and no position affects winning or losing more than a quarterback.
Since the first transfer window opened on December 5, we’ve seen a flurry of movement across college football with a host of high-profile players committing to new schools.
If you’re having trouble keeping track of everything, don’t worry. Below, we’ve rounded up the highlights of conference-to-conference transfers and still the best signal-callers available.
New Team: (Previous Team)
Florida Atlantic: Daniel Richardson (CMU)
Houston: Donovan Smith (Texas Tech)
North Texas: Chandler Rogers (UL Monroe)
Rice: JT Daniels (West Virginia)
USF: Bryce Archie (Coastal Carolina)
UTSA: Owen McCown (Colorado)
Smith has started multiple games over the past two seasons for Texas Tech and now has a chance to step into the shoes of longtime Houston player Clayton Toon. Meanwhile, Daniels is attending his fourth school after making stops at USC, Georgia, and West Virginia. She will help Daniels Rice move to the AAC from Conference USA.
Clemson: Paul Tyson (Arizona State)
Georgia Tech: Haynes King (Texas A&M)
Louisville: Jack Plummer (Cal)
NC State: Brennan Armstrong (Virginia)
Pete: Phil Gurkovich (Boston College)
Home: Christian View (Pennsylvania)
Virginia: Tony Muskett (Monmouth)
Virginia Tech: Kyron Drones (Baylor)
Pitt was able to add a quarterback for next year and possibly a future quarterback with touchdown commitments from Jurkovec and Veilleux. Jurkovec began his career at Notre Dame before starting three seasons at Boston College. Meanwhile, Veilleux was a former four-star recruit who was third-team Penn State this season.
For Plummer, Louisville was an obvious fit. Plummer began his career at Purdue, playing for new UL head coach Jeff Brohm. The Cardinals needed a quarterback after Malik Cunningham left for the NFL.
King won the starting job at Texas A&M University after the preseason the past two seasons and has now gotten a chance to start his career at Georgia Tech.
Armstrong decided to stay in the ACC. He spent five seasons in Virginia, four of which came with Robert Anna as his offensive coordinator. With Anae now at NC State, the Wolfpack was a natural fit for Armstrong, who has thrown for over 9,000 yards in his career.
Baylor: Sawyer Robertson (Mississippi State)
BYU: Kedon Sloves (Pete)
Cincinnati: Emory Jones (Arizona State)
Oklahoma State: Alan Bowman (Michigan)
Two new members of the 12 added veteran quarterbacks. Slovis, after stops at USC and Pitt, is heading to BYU. Jones also transferred to his third school, choosing Cincinnati after starting his career in Florida and playing for Arizona State University in 2022.
Illinois: Luke Altmyer (Ole Miss)
Iowa: Kid McNamara (Michigan)
Nebraska: Jeff Sims (Georgia Tech)
Ohio State: Tristan Gebbia (Oregon State).
Purdue: Hudson Card (Texas)
Wisconsin: Nick Evers (Oklahoma)
Wisconsin: Braden Locke (Mississippi State)
Wisconsin: Tanner Mordecai (SMU)
There will be several new Big Ten starters next season, including McNamara who is transferring from Michigan to Iowa. Wisconsin quickly renewed its room in the quarterback under new head coach Luke Fickel. Mordecai threw for over 7,000 yards in two seasons as a starter for SMU while Evers and Locke were both four-star recruits in the class of 2022.
The card could be a great pick for new Purdue head coach Ryan Walters. Walters hired Graham Harrell as offensive coordinator and the Card could be a perfect fit after being the alternate at Texas.
New Mexico State: Eli Stowers (Texas A&M)
Notre Dame: Sam Hartman (Wake Forest)
UMass: Taisun Phommachanh (Georgia Tech)
Hartman spent five seasons at Wake Forest, playing in a total of 48 matches. He started in 2018 as a true freshman, was the backup to Jimmy Newman in 2019 and then moved back to the starting role for the past three seasons. During that span, Hartman threw for 12,967 yards and 110 touchdowns. It can be said that he was the number 1 player available in the transfer market.
Ball State: Lynn Hatcher (Texas State)
Bowling Green: Connor Basilak (Indiana)
Kent State: Jaren Lewis (Kansas State)
Miami: Maddox Cobb (Colorado)
Fresno State: Mickey Keane (UCF)
Nevada: Brendon Lewis (Colorado)
New Mexico: Dylan Hopkins (UAB)
San Jose State: Jay Butterfield (Oregon)
Fresno State loses Jake Heiner, but the addition of UCFC’s Kane will lessen the blow Heiner’s absence caused. Kane threw for 2,377 yards and 23 touchdowns over the past two seasons for the Knights.
Hopkins threw for 4,750 yards and 31 touchdowns at UAB and decided to follow Bryant Vincent to New Mexico. Vincent was UAB’s longtime offensive coordinator who served as interim head coach through the 2022 season. UAB gave the head coaching job to Trent Dilfer in Vincent’s place.
Arizona State: Drew Payne (Notre Dame)
Cal: Sam Jackson (TCU)
Colorado: Chadeur Sanders (Jackson State)
Oregon State: DJ Uiagalelei (Clemson)
University of California, Los Angeles: Colleen Schley (Kent State)
There will be plenty of quality quarterback play in the Pac-12 next season with returning guys like Caleb Williams (USC), Bo Nix (Oregon), and Michael Penix (Washington). This collection of conversions adds to this talent pool.
Pyne has started most of the season at Notre Dame, Sanders is following his father, Deion Sanders, from Jackson State to Boulder and Uiagalelei is looking for a fresh start at Corvallis after two years as a starter at Clemson. For UCLA, Shelley could prove a valuable addition if five-star freshman Dante Moore isn’t ready to start right away.
Arkansas: Jacoby Creswell (North Carolina)
Florida: Graham Mertz (Wisconsin)
Kentucky: Devin Leary (NC State)
Ole Miss: Walker Howard (LSU)
With Anthony Richardson moving to the NFL, Florida will have a fresh start in 2023. Mertz, who had an up-and-down career at Wisconsin after being the top-rated quarterback, might be signing with the Badgers.
Meanwhile, Leary was one of the most sought-after QBs in the gate. He started parts of four seasons at NC State and is slated to play NFL-affiliated Will Levis at Kentucky.
Howard was a five-star recruit in the class of 2022 and chose to transfer rather than spend another season as LSU’s third baseman. He will compete to start with Jaxson Dart at Ole Miss.
Georgia Southern: Davis Brain (Tulsa)
James Madison: Brett Griffiths (Wake Forest)
Texas: Malik Hornsby (Arkansas)
Troy: Will Crowder (West Virginia)
Any quarterback transfers still available?
Hank Bachmeier (Boise State)
Braylon Braxton (Tulsa)
Jake Garcia (Miami)
Sam Howard (Washington)
Chance Nolan (Oregon State)
Spencer Sanders (Oklahoma State)
Mike Wright (Vanderbilt)
Sanders is the biggest name left on the board.
Sanders started four seasons at Oklahoma State and had 9,553 tackles, 1,956 rushing yards and 85 total touchdowns in his career.
Three-time Sun Belt Player of the Year Grayson McCall of Coastal Carolina originally entered the gate, but reportedly pulled his name on New Year’s Day.
Howard was a five-star recruit in the class of 2021 but was looking at his third straight season as a backup with Michael Bennix Jr. returning to Washington for another season.