Transfers Who Could Have Large Impact in 2018

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Doug Upstone

Friday, April 6, 2018 4:50 PM UTC

Friday, Apr. 6, 2018 4:50 PM UTC

Talk of football never stops, not even in college. This is particularly true in the South and has become increasingly evident across the country where professional sports teams are not part of the landscape.

While many college basketball transfers enhance programs from coast to coast, the football success rate is not nearly as high. There are many factors as to why this is, but the bottom line is simulating basketball practice and football practice is not the same thing. This is where the comparisons fall apart and this is especially true when it comes to grad transfer, who lack the time to learn the offense or defense used at a particular program.

Here is a look at players who have transferred and could have an immediate positive impact on season win totals this upcoming campaign.

Memphis was thought to be a contender in the AAC this season but needed a quarterback to replace Riley Ferguson. Enter Brady White formerly of Arizona State. With any situation like this one has to ask why White never won the ASU starting job. But the general consensus is White will work out and he understands coach Mike Norvell's offense since Norvell was the offensive coordinator for the Sun Devils when White was in Tempe.

Former East Carolina starting quarterback Gardner Minshew had told Sports Illustrated he wanted to play at Alabama and get started on a coaching career, knowing he would have almost no shot to play with the Crimson Tide having Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts ahead of him on the depth chart. But Minshew had a change of heart and decided to transfer to Washington State where he could immediately compete for the job. Interesting to see how he does in a read and react Cougars system.

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Marshall's best teams have always included a quarterback who could post big numbers and coach Doc Holliday thinks he has one. Alex Thomson arrives on the Marshall campus from Wagner and there are scouts who have seen him that think he could be an NFL draft choice after two years with the Thundering Herd. Keep an eye on Marshall!

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Former Stanford quarterback Keller Chryst will attempt to win the job in Tennessee for new head coach Jeremy Pruitt. Chryst has a big arm, but accuracy on touch throws have always been an issue and he is not mobile. He certainly has all the intangibles for leadership, making this a must-follow situation.

Everyone understands Lane Kiffin is charitably described as "snarky", but he's in the perfect place at Florida Atlantic. The man knows offense and being in Florida, he can attract very talented players who are a little short, too light or have the wrong body type for Power 5 programs. Kiffin has fortified his roster with Oklahoma QB transfer Chris Robison, former West Virginia receiver Jovon Durante and JC transfer (by way of Alabama) B.J. Emmons.

As this article went to post, we are waiting on NCAA ruling about Ole Miss players who could be eligible immediately from the Hugh Freeze debacle at Mississippi. The ruling will impact six players and the most prominent names are individuals who are ready to play like QB Shea Patterson ( Michigan), WR Van Jefferson (Florida) and S Deontay Anderson (Houston).

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