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Published: May 20, 2016 at 11:43 a.m.
Updated: May 20, 2016 at 03:35 p.m.

16 for '16: Impact transfers

» Complete 16 for '16 series

With the advent of the graduate transfer, college football's offseason has become something of a free-agency period for players looking for a fresh start, particularly at the quarterback position. College Football 24/7's "16 for '16" series continues with a look at 16 impact transfers. Two-year junior college players, whose impact is less predictable, are not included.

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  • <b>Old team: </b>Missouri<br>
<b>New team: </b>Eastern Kentucky<br>
Disciplinary problems resulting in three suspensions and a dismissal from Missouri left Mauk searching for a second chance for his last year of college eligibility. <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000664079/article/maty-mauk-to-play-final-college-season-at-eastern-kentucky" target="new">He found it in EKU</a>. Even in his only full season as a Missouri starter, in 2014, Mauk's passing was erratic at best. But he brings a lot of mobility to the position, and at a lower level of competition, he'll have a better chance to flourish. 16

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    16. QB Maty Mauk

    Old team: Missouri
    New team: Eastern Kentucky
    Disciplinary problems resulting in three suspensions and a dismissal from Missouri left Mauk searching for a second chance for his last year of college eligibility. He found it in EKU. Even in his only full season as a Missouri starter, in 2014, Mauk's passing was erratic at best. But he brings a lot of mobility to the position, and at a lower level of competition, he'll have a better chance to flourish.

  • <b>Old team: </b>Oklahoma<br>
<b>New team: </b>Texas A&M<br>
After sitting out 2015 under transfer rules, the former five-star recruit is primed to electrify the Aggies' backfield. Ford's raw talent merits listing higher, but we'll anchor him here until Kevin Sumlin's offense brings the position out of relative anonymity. 15

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    15. RB Keith Ford

    Old team: Oklahoma
    New team: Texas A&M
    After sitting out 2015 under transfer rules, the former five-star recruit is primed to electrify the Aggies' backfield. Ford's raw talent merits listing higher, but we'll anchor him here until Kevin Sumlin's offense brings the position out of relative anonymity.

  • <b>Old team: </b>Virginia Tech<br>
<b>New team: </b>Maryland<br>
New Maryland coach DJ Durkin added a legacy here; Edmunds' father is former Maryland and NFL TE <a href="http://www.nfl.com/player/ferrelledmunds/2500508/profile" target="new">Ferrell Edmunds</a>. He rushed for 675 yards and 10 touchdowns as a VT freshman in 2013, flashing with a 77-yard touchdown run in his career debut against Alabama. Injuries have limited his career playing time significantly. He won't be handed the starting role, but the job came open with Brandon Ross' exit (Minnesota Vikings undrafted free-agent signee). 14

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    14. RB Trey Edmunds

    Old team: Virginia Tech
    New team: Maryland
    New Maryland coach DJ Durkin added a legacy here; Edmunds' father is former Maryland and NFL TE Ferrell Edmunds. He rushed for 675 yards and 10 touchdowns as a VT freshman in 2013, flashing with a 77-yard touchdown run in his career debut against Alabama. Injuries have limited his career playing time significantly. He won't be handed the starting role, but the job came open with Brandon Ross' exit (Minnesota Vikings undrafted free-agent signee).

  • <b>Old team: </b>Bowling Green<br>
<b>New team: </b>Alabama<br>
Where does the Falcons' 1,000-yard receiver fit in at Alabama as a graduate transfer with two established receivers returning in Calvin Ridley and ArDarius Stewart? If he claims a role similar to last year's grad transfer, Richard Mullaney, he'll play extensively in the slot and make a big difference for OC Lane Kiffin. 13

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    13. WR Gehrig Dieter

    Old team: Bowling Green
    New team: Alabama
    Where does the Falcons' 1,000-yard receiver fit in at Alabama as a graduate transfer with two established receivers returning in Calvin Ridley and ArDarius Stewart? If he claims a role similar to last year's grad transfer, Richard Mullaney, he'll play extensively in the slot and make a big difference for OC Lane Kiffin.

  • <b>Old team: </b>Oregon State<br>
<b>New team: </b>Florida<br>
It's tough to forecast what Del Rio will be able to do for the Gators, because he just hasn't played enough. But we know he found a golden opportunity at UF, where his former coach at Alabama, Jim McElwain, has overseen scrambled quarterback play. If he starts, he'll have an impact on the SEC East race one way or another. 12

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    12. QB Luke Del Rio

    Old team: Oregon State
    New team: Florida
    It's tough to forecast what Del Rio will be able to do for the Gators, because he just hasn't played enough. But we know he found a golden opportunity at UF, where his former coach at Alabama, Jim McElwain, has overseen scrambled quarterback play. If he starts, he'll have an impact on the SEC East race one way or another.

  • <b>Old team: </b>Stanford<br>
<b>New team: </b>Oklahoma State<br>
If the son of <a href="http://www.profootballhof.com/players/barry-sanders/" target="new">the Pro Football Hall of Famer</a> sparks the Cowboys' offense, this transfer figures to be the most fun to follow of any listed here. A career backup at Stanford, Sanders joins the program where his father emerged as a record-breaking superstar in 1988. Barry J. Sanders' 6.2 yard-per-carry average last year was even better than Cardinal starter Christian McCaffrey, a Heisman finalist. OSU could use a boost at the position. 11

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    11. RB Barry J. Sanders

    Old team: Stanford
    New team: Oklahoma State
    If the son of the Pro Football Hall of Famer sparks the Cowboys' offense, this transfer figures to be the most fun to follow of any listed here. A career backup at Stanford, Sanders joins the program where his father emerged as a record-breaking superstar in 1988. Barry J. Sanders' 6.2 yard-per-carry average last year was even better than Cardinal starter Christian McCaffrey, a Heisman finalist. OSU could use a boost at the position.

  • <b>Old team: </b>Florida State<br>
<b>New team: </b>Auburn<br>
When Everett Golson's transfer from Notre Dame to FSU became official a year ago, Franklin's was official soon after. After a one-year pit stop at East Mississippi Community College, Franklin arrives at Auburn with a wide-open opportunity to win the quarterback job. Fun Franklin fact: During FSU's preparation for Auburn entering <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000310225/article/florida-state-defeats-auburn-to-win-bcs-championship" target="new">the final BCS National Championship Game</a>, Franklin was the <a href="http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/index.ssf/2015/10/john_franklin_auburn_offer.html" target="new">FSU scout-team quarterback</a> who the Seminoles' coaching staff chose to mimic the athleticism of Auburn dual-threat QB Nick Marshall. 10

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    10. QB John Franklin III

    Old team: Florida State
    New team: Auburn
    When Everett Golson's transfer from Notre Dame to FSU became official a year ago, Franklin's was official soon after. After a one-year pit stop at East Mississippi Community College, Franklin arrives at Auburn with a wide-open opportunity to win the quarterback job. Fun Franklin fact: During FSU's preparation for Auburn entering the final BCS National Championship Game, Franklin was the FSU scout-team quarterback who the Seminoles' coaching staff chose to mimic the athleticism of Auburn dual-threat QB Nick Marshall.

  • <b>Old team: </b>Penn State<br>
<b>New team: </b>Oklahoma<br>
Lewis makes the move from PSU to Oklahoma following a drastic dip in his role in the Nittany Lions' offense. He caught 55 passes for 751 yards in 2014, but was just 17-for-196 receiving last year. Nevertheless, Sooners coach Bob Stoops found him to be a worthwhile addition. Lewis, a graduate transfer, immediately becomes an additional weapon for QB Baker Mayfield. 9

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    9. WR Geno Lewis

    Old team: Penn State
    New team: Oklahoma
    Lewis makes the move from PSU to Oklahoma following a drastic dip in his role in the Nittany Lions' offense. He caught 55 passes for 751 yards in 2014, but was just 17-for-196 receiving last year. Nevertheless, Sooners coach Bob Stoops found him to be a worthwhile addition. Lewis, a graduate transfer, immediately becomes an additional weapon for QB Baker Mayfield.

  • <b>Old team: </b>Texas A&M<br>
<b>New team: </b>TCU<br>
Hill <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000386229/article/tim-tebow-crazy-about-kenny-hills-season-debut" target="new">looked like</a> <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000385104/article/kenny-hill-breaks-johnny-manziel-passing-record-in-debut" target="new">a budding star</a> halfway through the 2014 season as the replacement for Johnny Manziel, leading the Aggies to a 5-0 start before the wheels <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000420735/article/texas-am-qb-kenny-hill-suspended-for-two-games" target="new">began to fall off</a>. Once <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000420490/article/reports-texas-am-to-start-kyle-allen-bench-kenny-hill" target="new">he lost the starting job</a> to Kyle Allen, he lost his desire to stay at TAMU as well. Hill sat out 2015, and the void left by Trevone Boykin at TCU means he won't have to beat out an established starter. 8

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    8. QB Kenny Hill

    Old team: Texas A&M
    New team: TCU
    Hill looked like a budding star halfway through the 2014 season as the replacement for Johnny Manziel, leading the Aggies to a 5-0 start before the wheels began to fall off. Once he lost the starting job to Kyle Allen, he lost his desire to stay at TAMU as well. Hill sat out 2015, and the void left by Trevone Boykin at TCU means he won't have to beat out an established starter.

  • <b>Old team: </b>Kentucky<br>
<b>New team: </b>Boston College<br>
At one time, it appeared Towles was the quarterback of the future for Kentucky coach Mark Stoops. Each of his two seasons as a starter were marked by a Wildcats collapse, however, as UK lost its last six games in 2014 and six of its last seven in 2015. So with more than 5,000 career passing yards, Towles looks to finish on a stronger note with BC this fall in his final season of eligibility. 7

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    7. QB Patrick Towles

    Old team: Kentucky
    New team: Boston College
    At one time, it appeared Towles was the quarterback of the future for Kentucky coach Mark Stoops. Each of his two seasons as a starter were marked by a Wildcats collapse, however, as UK lost its last six games in 2014 and six of its last seven in 2015. So with more than 5,000 career passing yards, Towles looks to finish on a stronger note with BC this fall in his final season of eligibility.

  • <b>Old team: </b>Texas<br>
<b>New team: </b>Houston<br>
Catalon was a highly regarded recruit when he arrived at Texas in 2014, but after a redshirt season he was ready for a change of scenery. That turned out to be at UH, and after sitting out 2015, he's ready to re-emerge under second-year coach Tom Herman. He'll help take some pressure off QB Greg Ward, who served as both leading passer and leading rusher for the Cougars last year. 6

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    6. RB Duke Catalon

    Old team: Texas
    New team: Houston
    Catalon was a highly regarded recruit when he arrived at Texas in 2014, but after a redshirt season he was ready for a change of scenery. That turned out to be at UH, and after sitting out 2015, he's ready to re-emerge under second-year coach Tom Herman. He'll help take some pressure off QB Greg Ward, who served as both leading passer and leading rusher for the Cougars last year.

  • <b>Old team: </b>Cal<br>
<b>New team: </b>Illinois<br>
The son of <a href="http://www.nfl.com/player/hardynickerson/2502296/profile" target="new">the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers star</a> by the same name transferred after his dad was hired by Lovie Smith as the Fighting Illini's new defensive coordinator. He enters Big Ten play as a Pac-12 veteran of 245 career tackles and is eligible immediately as a graduate transfer. Last year, Nickerson led Cal with 112 stops and brings three seasons of starting experience to UI. 5

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    5. LB Hardy Nickerson

    Old team: Cal
    New team: Illinois
    The son of the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers star by the same name transferred after his dad was hired by Lovie Smith as the Fighting Illini's new defensive coordinator. He enters Big Ten play as a Pac-12 veteran of 245 career tackles and is eligible immediately as a graduate transfer. Last year, Nickerson led Cal with 112 stops and brings three seasons of starting experience to UI.

  • <b>Old team: </b>Montana State<br>
<b>New team: </b>Oregon<br>
Oregon dipped into the FCS ranks for a new quarterback for the second year in a row, but be aware of one key difference between Prukop and last year's plug-in, Vernon Adams: Prukop enrolled in January and competed in spring drills, while Adams <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000509355/article/vernon-adams-says-hes-cleared-for-transfer-to-oregon" target="new">didn't begin practice</a> until mid-August due to an eligibility snag. 4

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    4. QB Dakota Prukop

    Old team: Montana State
    New team: Oregon
    Oregon dipped into the FCS ranks for a new quarterback for the second year in a row, but be aware of one key difference between Prukop and last year's plug-in, Vernon Adams: Prukop enrolled in January and competed in spring drills, while Adams didn't begin practice until mid-August due to an eligibility snag.

  • <b>Old team: </b>Houston<br>
<b>New team: </b>Michigan<br>
That Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh hasn't yet named a starting quarterback is no indictment on O'Korn; Harbaugh is one to hold that card closely regardless. In a bid to replace Jake Rudock as the starter, O'Korn has a season of Michigan practice under his belt, plus a 3,000-yard season of Houston game experience in 2013. 3

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    3. QB John O'Korn

    Old team: Houston
    New team: Michigan
    That Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh hasn't yet named a starting quarterback is no indictment on O'Korn; Harbaugh is one to hold that card closely regardless. In a bid to replace Jake Rudock as the starter, O'Korn has a season of Michigan practice under his belt, plus a 3,000-yard season of Houston game experience in 2013.

  • <b>Old team: </b>Texas Tech<br>
<b>New team: </b>Cal<br>
Replacing Jared Goff wouldn't be easy for anyone, but the Golden Bears at least can turn to someone with some experience in Webb. After first committing to Colorado, Webb <a href=" http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000663562/article/potential-jared-goff-replacement-davis-webb-transferring-to-cal" target="new">went with Sonny Dykes instead</a>. Webb threw 44 touchdown passes over his first two seasons at Texas Tech, yet lost the job to an even more effective Patrick Mahomes last year. As a graduate transfer, Webb is immediately eligible. 2

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    2. QB Davis Webb

    Old team: Texas Tech
    New team: Cal
    Replacing Jared Goff wouldn't be easy for anyone, but the Golden Bears at least can turn to someone with some experience in Webb. After first committing to Colorado, Webb went with Sonny Dykes instead. Webb threw 44 touchdown passes over his first two seasons at Texas Tech, yet lost the job to an even more effective Patrick Mahomes last year. As a graduate transfer, Webb is immediately eligible.

  • <b>Old team: </b>Oklahoma<br>
<b>New team: </b>Texas A&M<br>
Knight's star at Oklahoma looked to be in full orbit on Jan. 2, 2014, when he torched Alabama's secondary for four touchdown passes in <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000308753/article/oklahoma-qb-trevor-knight-rises-to-occasion-in-sugar-bowl" target="new">a Sugar Bowl upset win</a>. A little more than a year later, he had lost the starting nod to Baker Mayfield, and looked for the exit. The Aggies, after three outgoing quarterback transfers left Kevin Sumlin exposed at the position, welcomed Knight with needy arms. He also steps into loaded, proven weaponry at the receiver position. 1

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    1. QB Trevor Knight

    Old team: Oklahoma
    New team: Texas A&M
    Knight's star at Oklahoma looked to be in full orbit on Jan. 2, 2014, when he torched Alabama's secondary for four touchdown passes in a Sugar Bowl upset win. A little more than a year later, he had lost the starting nod to Baker Mayfield, and looked for the exit. The Aggies, after three outgoing quarterback transfers left Kevin Sumlin exposed at the position, welcomed Knight with needy arms. He also steps into loaded, proven weaponry at the receiver position.