College QB shuffle: about half of FBS starters are transfers

The Associated Press - September 8, 2022 9:45 am

FILE - SMU quarterback Tanner Mordecai throws a pass during the team's NCAA football game against North Texas on Sept. 3, 2022, in Denton, Texas. SMU won 48-10. Mordecai formerly played at Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)

(AP) — There have been a lot of quarterbacks on the move in college football. About half of the starting QBs for the 131 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in this season’s openers didn’t initially attend their current schools. That number includes 32 of the 65 Power Five teams, with 19 of those being first-year transfers.

The increased mobility of quarterbacks is a byproduct of the transfer portal and the extra season of eligibility for players who were part of pandemic-altered 2020 season.

There are four former Oklahoma quarterbacks now starting for other teams. And the new Sooners quarterback is Dillon Gabriel, a transfer from Group of Five team UCF.


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