College football transfer market busy with Oklahoma, FSU leading way

The dizzying movement of players in college football this offseason will have even the biggest

The dizzying movement of players in college football this offseason will have even the biggest fans trying to make sense of who’s going where as spring football wraps up this month.

After a season played in a pandemic and then the loosening of transfer restrictions by the NCAA, allowing players immediate eligibility at their new school, the portal was flooded with big names seeking new destinations for the 2021 campaign.

Almost every team has been forced to adjust — whether through adding players to fill needs or seeking replacements for those who left openings. There’s also a domino effect as no team wants to have empty spots when the music stops. 

The biggest transfers and their outlooks for making an impact:

Jack Coan, QB, Notre Dame (from Wisconsin)

Without a foot injury before the team’s first game, it would have been Coan leading the Badgers last season. Instead, Graham Mertz took the controls and Coan never saw the field. The move to Notre Dame opens up the possibility he could be behind center for the Irish, who need a replacement for three-year starter Ian Book. Drew Pyne, the other competition in the quarterback race, played in four games as a freshman last year. If experience is a factor, Coan should prevail. He made 14 of his 18 starts for Wisconsin in 2019 and led the team to a 10-4 record.