3. Improving news on the transfer market
The off-season started out tragically for the Texas football program with the newly instituted NCAA Transfer Portal. A handful of players that figured to hold big roles with the Horns in 2019 announced their intentions to transfer even before the Sugar Bowl came around on New Years Day.
The quarterback room for the Horns might’ve been hit the hardest out of all the positions from the ever-growing transfer market to start the 2019 off-season. Three quarterbacks put their names on the transfer market at some point within the past two months. Those three quarterbacks were Cameron Rising, Casey Thompson, and Shane Buechele.
With how important transfers are becoming to the college football landscape each and every off-season, it is pivotal for the coaching staff to be on the retention efforts each passing week. The retention for the Horns seems to be better heading into the month of February than it was beginning this month.
The good news is that no one has put their name in the NCAA Transfer Portal from the Horns, outside of Buechele, within the past two weeks. Most of all, there’s no surprises of late for the Horns that caught people off guard. The Rising and Thompson transfer news did catch some by surprise at first. But, the return of Thompson to the Forty Acres for 2019 despite his original transfer intentions was huge for the depth at quarterback.