Former Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden spent his entire college football career in Stillwater before going on to play quarterback in the NFL. From 2007-2011, Brandon Weeden waited for his opportunity to play quarterback and at some points was even third-string for Mike Gundy. Weeden eventually got an opportunity and became one of the best quarterbacks in school history.
In an article from TulsaWorld‘s Bill Haisten, Brandon Weeden had a strong opinion on how the transfer portal has changed college football, saying, “I hate everything about the transfer portal.”
With the way the transfer portal is set up for collegiate athletes, players have the option to leave and do not need to sit out a year and lose a season of eligibility. Careers like Weeden’s are becoming less common in today’s college football landscape where players will often leave at the first sign of not being a starter.
Brandon Weeden spent three seasons as a backup quarterback and when asked about the possibility of transferring, he said, “It never one time crossed my mind. Even when we had an offensive system that had the quarterback involved in the run game, I didn’t look at going somewhere else. Never one time. You can write that.”
Weeden’s comments come amidst the Cowboys losing a total of 16 players to the transfer portal including QB Spencer Sanders, LB Mason Cobb, S Thomas Harper, S Kanion Williams, and WR Langston Anderson.
Weeden’s disdain for the transfer portal is one that has been echoed across college football with a record number of players entering. At the moment, there are roughly 1,000 players entering per week, according to BetMGM.
With the transfer portal closing on January 18th, we have seen numerous big-name players who hope they’re headed for greener pastures. But unless something drastic changes in the college football rules, the transfer portal isn’t going anywhere.