Transfer players have had a growing impact on the SEC landscape over the years.
Jake Ganus transferred from UAB and ended up being Georgia’s team MVP. Jacob Coker led Alabama to a national championship after he transferred from Florida State. Chad Kelly, who led the SEC in passing last year, was a transfer player.
This offseason saw another slew of players transfer into the conference. A handful of ESPN experts weighed in on who they thought could impact the SEC landscape.
Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio made the list, in part because he is the No. 1 quarterback for the defending SEC East champs. Del Rio began his career at Alabama, before transferring to Oregon State and then transferring to Florida. Del Rio was also named to Athlon Sports’ list of 30 impactful quarterback transfers.
Another quarterback named was Texas A&M’s Trevor Knight. Knight transferred to A&M after backing up Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield. Knight famously led the Sooners to a victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, but he couldn’t replicate that success in his time with Oklahoma. Knight also made Athlon Sports’ list, coming in at No. 3, ahead of Del Rio at No. 5.
As for non-quarterbacks, Texas A&M running back Keith Ford, transferred with Knight from Oklahoma to the Aggies, Missouri wide receiver Chris Black, transferred from Alabama , and Alabama receiver Gehrig Dieter, by way of Bowling Green, made the list.