Summary: Fields was the most recruited player in college football coming into his first season with the Bulldogs. Although he finished as the #1 ranked player in the HS Class of 2018, Fields took a backseat last season to decorated QB Jake Fromm, who led the team to a 5th place finish in the AP Poll. Now, Fields is transferring to Ohio State, where he hopes to break out (and where he won’t sit behind Fromm anymore). Fields has top 5 potential when our college fantasy football rankings are released.
#2 Jalen Hurts
Incoming SR, Alabama to Oklahoma
2018 STATS: 765 YDs, 8 TDs, 196.7 QB Rating
Summary: Hurts was a QB1 option for a successful Alabama program in his first two seasons with the Crimson Tide. His position as Alabama’s best QB option seemed set in stone until the emergence of sensational sophomore Tua Tagovailoa. So now that Tua is taking most of the minutes at QB, Hurts decided to transfer to a team which recently lost their QB1 to the NFL, Oklahoma. Hurts is hoping to revive his college career by having a successful season as a Sooner.
#3 Shane Buechele
Incoming SR, Texas to Southern Methodist University
2018 STATS: 273 YDs, 2 TDs, 130.8 QB Rating
Summary: Buechele had it made in the shade. He almost threw for 3000 YDs as a freshman and it looked like he had the starting spot locked up for the Longhorns. Cue Sam Ehlinger. Ehlinger came in as a Sophomore and grabbed ahold of the starting spot after throwing over 3200 YDs for an incredibly successful Texas season in 2018. Buechele will continue to let Ehlinger have the starting spot and will transfer to Southern Methodist University, where he will take over for 3-year starter Ben Hicks, which left for Arkansas.
#4 Austin Kendall
Incoming 4th year JR, Oklahoma to West Virginia
2018 STATS: 122 YDs, 1 TD, 150.3 QB Rating
Summary: Kendall’s time in Oklahoma has gone unnoticed, mostly due to the presence of one of college football’s favorite quarterbacks taking his role, Kyler Murray. But with Murray gone, this should be Kendall’s team, right? Wrong. The Sooners have locked up the #1 QB Recruit in the country, Spencer Rattler from Pinnacle High School in Arizona (where he also was the SG to All-American Nico Mannion). Kendall would most likely sit and wait next season behind a much younger QB with a higher ceiling if he stayed at Oklahoma. Therefore, Kendall will be a Mountaineer next season.
#5 Tate Martell
Incoming SO (red-shirted), Ohio State to Miami
2018 STATS: 269 YDs, 1 TD, 174.6 QB Rating
Summary: Martell’s lack of success as a freshman in the Ohio State system is because of one thing: Dwayne Haskins. Haskins was one of CFB’s best QBs last season and hogged most of the touches (rightfully). Although Haskins is on his way out, Martell’s time as a Buckeye was finished after Justin Field’s transfer. Martell will now become a Hurricane and hope to win the job over N’Kosi Perry (who I went to high school with!).
#6 Brandon Wimbush
Incoming 5th year SR, Notre Dame to UCF
2018 STATS: 719 YDs, 4 TDs, 113.3 QB Rating
Summary: Wimbush is another 5th year QB using the new redshirt rule to bounce back after a disappointing season. Although the Fighting Irish got all the to the College Football Playoffs, Wimbush wasn’t the reason for their success. He sat behind Ian Book for most of the year and wasn’t incredibly efficient when he was on the field anyways. Now that Book is returning for his senior season, Wimbush decided it was his time to get out. He’ll be tasked with powering the strong UCF offense to the next level, following in the big footsteps of McKenzie Milton and the Knights.
#7 Kelly Bryant
Incoming 5th Year SR, Clemson to Missouri
2018 STATS: 461 YDs, 2 TDs, 146.9 QB Rating
Summary: Bryant’s 5th year season is an interesting case. Bryant was never redshirted, and has been an active member of the Clemson Tigers every season since his debut in 2015. However, in 2 of those seasons, Bryant only played 4 games, which no longer uses a year of eligibility according to the NCAA’s new redshirt rule. Now Bryant will try to make up for the time he lost sitting on the bench behind phenom Trevor Lawrence in Missouri.
#8 Josh Jackson
Incoming JR, Virginia Tech to Maryland
2018 STATS: 575 YDs, 5 TDs, 170.3 QB Rating
Summary: Jackson’s season was cut short last year by a devastating ankle injury. Even worse, Jackson’s injury opened the door for backup QB Ryan Willis to show his stuff for the Hokies. Willis didn’t disappoint, and the Jackson vs. Willis battle for the starting spot seemed imminent this season. However, Jackson decided to bypass the process of war and instead will transfer to Maryland, who desperately needs a quarterback.
#9 Riley Neal
Incoming 5th year SR, Ball State to Vanderbilt
2018 STATS: 1917 YDs, 11 TDs, 114.4 QB Rating
Summary: Riley Neal’s time at Ball State wasn’t incredibly impressive, and the only reason he’ll return to play a 5th season is the new NCAA loophole. Nevertheless, Neal will make the jump to Vanderbilt University to play his final college season. Although Neal isn’t the greatest QB in college, Vanderbilt needs to fill a hole after the departure of SR QB Kyle Shurmur. Since they have no incoming recruits to fill the QB position, Neal is the next best option.
#10 Jack Tuttle
Incoming redshirt freshman, Utah to Indiana
2018 STATS: 0 YDs, 0 TDs, 0.00 QB Rating
Summary: That’s not really the statline Tuttle wanted last season, eh? Well, he couldn’t help it. Tuttle didn’t take a single snap last season for Utah, potentially the basis for his transfer. Tuttle, who was the 8th best QB in the country his SR year of high school, hasn’t been able to show his skills at the D1 level yet. And, unfortunately, that may not change. He is joining an Indiana squad which has shown to be QB heavy, with incumbent starter Peyton Ramsey and solid backup Michael Penix Jr. locking up the QB position’s 1 and 2. Tuttle will need to show that he is truly the real deal if he’s going to see any action this season.