Derek Mason is familiar with transfer quarterbacks. During his first season as the Commodores head coach, he brought one in when former LSU quarterback Stephen Rivers was added to the roster.
It’s seems to be getting even more popular as the years pass, which is why it’s important to understand what role it plays in the college football world. It’s certainly not something that is going to be slowing down anytime soon.
In fact, college football’s most polarizing program, the University of Alabama, is dealing with a potential situation where one of its two star quarterbacks could transfer.
On Thursday, Mason joined Cole Cubelic and Aaron Suttles on Jox 94.5 to discuss Vanderbilt’s spring. That discussion quickly turned into the Vanderbilt coach giving his take on the impact of transfer quarterbacks:
“Nowadays, it’s different. Guys are looking for opportunities to play,” Mason said. “You have highly-touted recruits that go to programs. They look up and they find themselves in the midst of having to wait 1-2 years, and they’re just not going to do it.
It’s been impactful on the game. I think what we’ve seen with the transfer of QBs is the game has become really interesting. They’ve gone to programs and put programs on the map.”
Mason has a point. Programs have benefitted greatly from transfer quarterbacks. Take Wisconsin, for example. When Russell Wilson decided to move on from N.C. State, it really helped give the Badgers a high-quality player at football’s most important position. In addition, it helped them put a star in the NFL.
Following that initial response, Mason eventually got to the subject that has almost everyone talking recently: the Alabama quarterbacks.
“I’m glad to see a particular program in the University of Alabama with two good quarterbacks,” Mason said. “I know the big talk is what’s going to happen with Jalen Hurts. I think he has enough integrity, and I think he understands exactly what that program is to actually stay. With both of those quarterbacks, they’re formidable, and they’re going to win.”
There’s no doubt that Alabama has one of the best quarterback duos in the country. It’s just a matter of if they can keep both of them through next season. With the recent news from Hurts’ father, it’s highly doubtful.
Here’s the full interview.