Transfers To Watch
They may have been off the college football landscape for a year, but don't forget about these transfers that could make a difference for their new school in 2010.
Phillip Bates, Ohio (from Iowa State) -- With Boo Jackson returning from injury and Bates eligible after his transfer, Ohio could have the most intriguing quarterback battle in the MAC. The Bobcats are expected to be one of the top contenders in the MAC East and settling on a quarterback will be key if they want to make a return appearance to Detroit for the conference title game.
Wesley Carroll, Florida International (from Mississippi State) -- Paul McCall has expired his eligibility, but the Golden Panthers should be in good shape under center with Carroll eligible in 2010. Carroll started 13 games while at Mississippi State and is a heavy favorite to win the starting nod this spring.
Taylor Cook, Rice (from Miami) -- One year after ranking eighth nationally in scoring offense, the Owls slumped to 110th to 2009. Losing quarterback Chase Clement, receiver Jarett Dillard and tight end James Casey was certainly a huge blow, but the Owls failed to find stability at the quarterback spot. Alabama transfer Nick Fanuzzi likely begins spring practice as the favorite, but Cook will have an opportunity to wrestle the job away.
L.D. Crow, UCF (from Stanford) -- Crow was rated as a three-star prospect by rivals.com out of high school, but with Andrew Luck securing the starting spot, playing time was going to be limited. Crow will compete with Rob Calabrese, Jeffrey Godfrey and Nico Flores for the starting spot this spring.
Chris Harper, Kansas State (from Oregon) -- Bill Snyder has had tremendous success with dual-threat quarterbacks in previous seasons -- Ell Roberson, Michael Bishop and Jonathan Beasley -- and Harper fits that mold. In limited action at Oregon, Harper rushed for 137 yards and two scores, while throwing for 40 yards. Harper is very raw, but has a lot of ability and if he doesn’t win the quarterback job, don’t be surprised to see him play at running back or wide receiver.
Willy Korn, Marshall (from Clemson) -- Even if Korn didn’t choose Marshall as his transfer destination, the Thundering Herd were in good shape with Brian Anderson returning at quarterback. Since Clemson does not offer a graduate journalism program, Korn is eligible to compete immediately at Marshall. The Thundering Herd are sleepers in the Conference USA race this season and if Korn is healthy, he could be what they need to contend with UCF or Southern Miss for the division title.
Corbin Louks, Nevada (from Utah) -- Louks saw limited experience at Utah, throwing for 145 yards in two years, along with rushing for 380 and four scores. However, he was unable to defeat Terrance Cain/Jordan Wynn for the starting nod last year and bolted to Nevada. Louks looks to be the perfect fit for Nevada’s pistol offense once Colin Kaepernick runs out of eligibility after this season. Louks is a good athlete and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get on the field at another position this season.
Robert Marve, Purdue (from Miami) -- Marve had an up and down experience in Coral Gables, including a car crash that forced him to redshirt in 2007, an arrest on two misdemeanor charges and two suspensions that cost him two games in 2008. He suffered a torn ACL in workouts last summer, but will be 100 percent and the likely starter in Purdue’s 2010 season opener.
Cannon Smith, Memphis (from Miami) -- Smith is one of three quarterbacks to transfer out of Miami since the end of the 2008 season and chose to return to his hometown for a shot at the starting gig in 2010. Cannon is the son of FedEx CEO Fred Smith and likely begins spring practice at No. 2 behind Tyler Bass.
Steven Threet, Arizona State (from Michigan) -- Threet has racked up quite a bit of mileage in his college career. He originally signed with Georgia Tech out of high school, but chose to transfer to Michigan prior to the 2007 season. After one year in Ann Arbor and not fitting into Rich Rodriguez’s offense, Threet has decided to head west. Brock Osweiler, Samson Szakacsy and Threet will compete for the starting job this spring.
Clay Belton, Maryland (from Miami (Ohio)) -- Belton came to Miami with a lot of hype, but failed to live up to expectations, throwing for 639 yards in 2008. Belton has a lot to prove this spring, as Jamarr Robinson is the frontrunner for the starting nod in College Park, with highly regarded freshman Tyler Smith the likely No. 2.
Other transfers to watch
JJ McDermott, SMU (from New Mexico State)
M.J. McPeek, Colorado State (from Kansas State)
Raymond Carter, Colorado State (from UCLA) -- Highly-regarded coming out of high school, but managed only 29 yards as a freshman at UCLA. Expected to compete with John Mosure and Leonard Mason for playing time.
Lennon Creer, Louisiana Tech (from Tennessee) -- Creer and sophomore Tyrone Duplessis should compete for time as the No. 1 back, but changing to a spread offense likely means a big adjustment for Louisiana Tech in 2010.
Aundre Dean, TCU (from UCLA) -- Despite losing Joseph Turner, the Horned Frogs are in good shape at running back. Ed Wesley and Matthew Tucker combined for over 1,300 yards last year and Dean ranked as the No. 10 high school running back in the nation by rivals.com. Since the Horned Frogs are in good shape at running back, Dean may move to safety.
Sam McGuffie, Rice (from Michigan) -- McGuffie came out of high school with a world of hype and rushed for 486 yards and three scores in his freshman season at Michigan. The Owls desperately need offensive help after last season’s lackluster campaign and McGuffie should provide an immediate boost in 2010.
Other transfers to watch
Cameron Bell, Northern Illinois (from Iowa State)
Toney Clemons, Colorado (from Michigan) -- The receiving corps was a concern for most of last season for the Buffaloes, but the emergence of Markques Simas and Clemons hitting the field in 2010 makes this a team strength. Clemons caught 12 passes in two seasons at Michigan and should be a solid No. 3 option for quarterback Tyler Hansen.
Vidal Hazelton, Cincinnati (from USC) -- Cincinnati is losing one of the nation's top playmakers in Mardy Gilyard, but Hazelton should ensure there are still plenty of options for quarterback Zach Collaros.
Jermaine McKenzie, Memphis (from Miami) -- McKenzie played in only three games as a redshirt freshman in Miami before bolting to Memphis and a chance to play with brother and twin Tremaine McKenzie. With the top two receivers from last season departing, expect McKenzie to make an immediate impact for the Memphis offense in 2010.
Ahmad Paige, Louisiana Tech (from Tennessee) -- The receiving corps was a weakness for Louisiana Tech last season and the arrival of Paige and LSU transfer Tim Molton should help ease the transition to new coordinator Tony Franklin’s spread attack.
Aaron Pflugrad, Arizona State (from Oregon) -- Could there be a transfer to transfer connection in Tempe this spring? Steven Threet could win the starting quarterback job and Plfugrad should be in line for significant playing time this fall. The Sun Devils lose their top two receivers (Chris McGaha and Kyle Williams) from last season, opening the door for Pflugrad to have a chance at winning a starting spot this spring.
Brodrick Smith, Kansas State (from Minnesota) -- With Brandon Banks and Attrail Snipes out of eligibility, the Wildcats need playmakers to team with Lamark Brown in the passing game. Smith played in 12 games at Minnesota in 2008 and caught five passes, but should easily surpass that total in 2010.
Josh Smith, UCLA (from Colorado) -- The Bruins have a pretty good group of receivers returning, but Smith’s addition should make this unit one of the best in the Pac-10. Smith caught 54 passes for 878 yards and three scores in two seasons at Colorado and was a weapon on returns, averaging 25.5 yards per kick return.
Other transfers to watch
Tim Molton, LSU to Louisiana Tech
Tyler Stradford, Oklahoma to North Texas
LaVorick Williams, New Mexico State to UTEP
Andrew Devlin, Virginia to Pittsburgh
Joseph Fauria, Notre Dame to UCLA
Ryan Wallace, Colorado to Kentucky
Will Yeatman, Notre Dame to Maryland
Kody Cooke, Oklahoma to Tulsa
Dann O’Neill, Michigan to Western Michigan
Kurt Wermers, Michigan to Ball State
Key defensive transfer to watch
Phelon Jones, CB, LSU to Alabama -- With last season’s starting corners -- Javier Arenas and Kareem Jackson -- gone to the NFL, Jones could step in and play a key role immediately.
Other defensive transfers
Reggie Ellis, DE, Illinois to New Mexico
Dex Jones, LB, Wisconsin to Western Michigan
Kaniela Tuipulotu, DE/DT, Arizona to Hawaii
An early look toward the 2011 transfers
QB Alex Cate -- Oklahoma State to Undecided
QB Zach Maynard -- Buffalo to California
RB Ryan Bass -- Arizona State to Idaho
RB Jeff Brinson -- Iowa to Undecided
RB Darrell Scott -- Colorado to Undecided
WR Dan Buckner -- Texas to Arizona
WR Jameel Owens -- Oklahoma to Tulsa
WR Cordale Scott -- Illinois to Toledo
WR Lamarr Thomas -- Ohio State to New Mexico
TE Hubie Graham -- Illinois to Pittsburgh
LB Arthur Brown -- Miami (Fla.) to Undecided
LB Uona Kaveinga -- USC to BYU