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Three Big 12 Schools to Potentially Have Quarterbacks Transfer After 2022 Season

247Sports’ Clint Brewster published an article on Thursday that discussed one of the biggest offseason topics in college football: transfer quarterbacks.

Nearly half of all starting quarterbacks at FBS programs in 2022 are transfers. It’s just the way things are now, as keeping an experienced and talented backup quarterback on the roster for more than one season seems to be an anomaly at this point.

With that in mind, Brewster took a look at the college football landscape and determined a few schools that could potentially see a quarterback leave, and three Big 12 programs made the list.

Here are each of the schools and what Brewster had to say about their QB situations.

 

TEXAS LONGHORNS

The Longhorns look set at quarterback with Quinn Ewers. Although there is plenty for him to work on, the upside is extremely high for Ewers, who has all the tools to be a top pick in the NFL Draft (he’ll be eligible for it after the 2023 season). The Longhorns also have class of 2023 superstar signal-caller Arch Manning coming to Austin in the spring. 

This leaves backup quarterback Hudson Card as the odd man out. Card is a third-year quarterback from local Lake Travis High School and has played well at times for the Longhorns throughout his career. Getting his Texas degree this fall is very important, according to those who know Card, and with the writing firmly on the wall that this is Ewers’ team, nobody will blame Card for moving on. He will absolutely help somebody as he’s very solid in the departments of mobility, mechanics, accuracy and touch on his throws. Card would likely be ranked as a low four-star in the transfer portal rankings. He’s thrown six touchdowns this year compared to one interception. 

 

TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS

Texas Tech redshirt freshman signal-caller Behren Morton looks like he has the starting job secured after the past two games for the Red Raiders in which he threw for a combined 704 yards and four touchdowns. Fellow quarterbacks Donovan Smith, who started the year, and Tyler Shough, a transfer from Oregon in the 2021 cycle, have a lot of experience and will be nice targets for another school in a month. Smith started the year and has thrown 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions before a shoulder injury while Shough started in 2021.

Shough would be ranked as a mid three-star in the portal while Smith looks to be closer to the four-star range in the transfer rankings. 

 

OKLAHOMA SOONERS

Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel has taken over for the Sooners and proved how valuable he is to the team. Gabriel is in his fourth season of eligibility and should have one more if he wants it. This leaves highly touted freshman Nick Evers and former transfers Davis Beville, and General Booty. Beville was the backup when Gabriel was injured this season and was ineffective when he had to start against Texas.

If Gabriel returns for 2023, and with 5-star Jackson Arnold coming in, I could see Evers looking to around. Evers was the No. 8 ranked quarterback in the country coming out of Flower Mound high school in 2022. 

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