The NCAA Transfer Portal is having a ton of names added to it, including from Texas football, just a few days out from the national title game.
The NCAA Transfer Portal is blowing up of late to start off the 2019 college football off-season. At first, it seemed like the Texas football program was going to be one of the programs that was more heavily impacted than the rest of the major programs in the nation, but that changed quickly. Within the past few days, the NCAA Transfer Portal possibly thinned the quarterback depth out for some of the top programs in the nation across the Power Five conferences.
On Jan. 11, some of the more surprising news came by way of head coach Lincoln Riley and the Oklahoma Sooners with the drop that quarterback Austin Kendall had his name hit the NCAA Transfer Portal. This news could have a bigger impact on the Oklahoma offense than just losing Kendall. It could mean something more as to who the starting quarterback for the Sooners will be in 2019.
All the news surrounding the potential transfers of some of the other top quarterback names in the NCAA Transfer Portal seemed to unseat Kendall a bit with Oklahoma. Kendall was assumed to be the starting quarterback for Oklahoma next season, but who knows who that will be at this point.
The steadiness of Texas football under center seems to be a rarity this off-season. A good portion of the blue blood programs in the nation lost either a starting quarterback or a potential starting signal caller sometime in the next two years. But, Texas football could be set to lose its pair of freshman quarterbacks, Cameron Rising and Casey Thompson.
What this news means for both the Texas football program and the Sooners is the opening of the starting quarterback job in Norman, OK. Of the host of names to hit the NCAA Transfer Portal, a handful are getting connected with the Sooners. That list includes some of the top available names like Alabama’s Jalen Hurts and Ohio State’s Tate Martell.
We could be a long way from the end of the quarterback transfer news at this point. A few key names hit the transfer market already, and more are sure to come. If Oklahoma has a lead on nabbing someone like Martell or Hurts, it could be the end of Kendall’s shot to be the starting quarterback.
One of the main missions for Riley and the Sooners during the 2019 off-season is finding a replacement for Heisman winner Kyler Murray behind center. If Oklahoma is able to successfully replace Murray with someone more talented and capable of running an offense that potent and high-powered, it could be to the detriment of the rest of the Big 12.
Texas football was set to get a leg up on the Sooners if it took at least a year to replace a quarterback like Murray, or get back to the level the offense was at under Baker Mayfield. That leg up will be gone if the indicators that Oklahoma has a quarterback lined up to come to Norman like Martell or Hurts prove to be true.