How this shifts the picture for the Big 12
Some of the more impactful names to hit the NCAA Transfer Portal in the Big 12 were mainly from the quarterback position. Outside of even what losing Rising and Thompson (and potentially Buechele) means for the Horns, the Oklahoma Sooners might have just lost who was assumed to be the starting quarterback to replace Heisman winner Kyler Murray next season.
Head coach Lincoln Riley and the Oklahoma offense figured out that it could be without rising junior quarterback Austin Kendall next season. On Jan. 11, Kendall officially became one of the biggest named quarterbacks to hit the NCAA Transfer Portal. That could signal the connection between Riley and a new Oklahoma starting quarterback instead of Kendall, though.
A few of the other schools around the Big 12 that had some heavy transfer losses heading into the off-season included the Oklahoma State Cowboys, Kansas State Wildcats, and Baylor Bears. Kansas State is going to look completely different next season thanks to a new head coach, star running back Alex Barnes‘ early entrance to the NFL Draft, and the transfer of quarterback Alex Delton.
The Oklahoma schools might be the most impacted by the transfer market when it’s all said and done heading into the 2019 regular season. Oklahoma lost its projected starting quarterback, while Oklahoma State lost a host of key players including defensive tackle Darrion Daniels (to the Nebraska Cornhuskers) and wide receiver Jalen McCleskey (to the Tulane Green Wave).