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A Look at SEC QB Movement in Transfer Portal So Far

A Look at SEC QB Movement in Transfer Portal So Far
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With college football season over, there has been a fair share of movement involving SEC teams in the transfer portal, per usual.

Tennessee has made a couple splashy adds, such as Oregon transfer wide receiver Dont’e Thornton, Texas tackle Andrej Karic, BYU linebacker Keenan Pili, Miami offensive tackle John Campbell, and others.

The Vols have addressed plenty positions of need so far in the portal, such as tight end, kicker, wide receiver and the offensive line, but they have yet to address quarterback–something Heupel and co. may do with Tayven Jackson now entering the transfer portal.

Jackson entered the portal on Friday after spending one season on Rocky Top. The former four-star recruit was unlikely to win the starting job over Joe Milton III or five-star freshman Nico Iamaleava, so his actions make sense. However, Tennessee’s depth in the quarterback room does take a hit, and a transfer portal addition at quarterback would make sense for the Vols.

While the Vols have yet to make any moves in the quarterback market, some SEC teams already have. Additionally, other SEC teams have had significant QB news for their program outside than the transfer portal, such as players choosing to stay or enter the 2023 NFL Draft.

Let’s take a look at some of the most notable quarterback movement across the SEC so far.

SEC East


Adds: N.C. State senior transfer QB Devin Leary commits to Kentucky on December 20

Departures: Starting QB Will Levis opts for NFL Draft on December 7.

South Carolina

Adds: None

Departures: None

Key Returns: Starting QB and upcoming fifth-year senior QB Spencer Rattler announces he will return to South Carolina for one more year.


Adds: Florida adds Wisconsin transfer QB Graham Mertz. Mertz has two years of eligibility remaining after spending four seasons at Wisconsin.
Departures: 2022 Starting QB Anthony Richardson declares for 2023 NFL Draft on December 5.


Adds: None.

Departures: Backup quarterback Tyler Macon enters transfer portal on December 5 after two years with the program.

Macon committed to Alcorn State on December 21.


Adds: None

Departures: None


Adds: None

Departures: 2022 starting QB Mike Wright enters transfer portal on December 5. Wright has two years of eligibility remaining.

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SEC West


Adds: None

Departures: Starting quarterback Bryce Young declares for 2023 NFL Draft


Adds: None

Departures: Backup quarterback Zach Calzada enters transfer portal on December 5 after one year with Auburn. Calzada had previously spent three years at Texas A&M.

Calzada later committed to Incarnate Word.


Adds: None

Departures: Backup and true freshman QB Walker Howard enters transfer portal on January 13.

Key Returns: 2022 starter Jayden Daniels announces he will return to LSU for the 2023 season.

Mississippi State

Adds: None

Departures: Trio of reserve quarterbacks enter the portal in Daniel Greek (Dec. 4), Braedyn Locke (Jan. 3) and Sawyer Robertson (Jan. 4).

NOTE: Starting QB Will Rogers has yet to announce decision on future. Rogers has two years of eligibility remaining but could declare for the 2023 NFL Draft.

Ole Miss

Adds: None

Departures: QB Luke Altmyer (sat most of 2022) transferred from Ole Miss to Illinois. Altmeyer entered the portal on November 28.


Adds: UNC transfer QB Jacolby Criswell commits to Arkansas on December 10.

Departures: Backup QB Malik Hornsby enters transfer portal December 5. Hornsby later committed to Texas State.

Key Returns: 2022 starter K.J. Jefferson announced on December 2 he will return for another year with Arkansas.

Texas A&M

Adds: None

Departures: Pair of backup quarterbacks–Haynes King and Eli Stowers–enter transfer portal on December 2 and December 5, respectively. King went to Georgia Tech, and Stowers went to New Mexico State. The Aggies have only two quarterbacks on the roster in Max Johnson and Conner Weigman.

*Key QBs still in the transfer portal*

OK State QB Spencer Sanders (Ole Miss heavily recruiting Sanders)

Boise State QB Hank Bochmeier

LSU QB Walker Howard

Washington QB Sam Huard

Oregon State QB Chance Nolan

Vanderbilt QB Mike Wright (Ole Miss heavily recruiting Wright)

Central Michigan QB Daniel Richardson

Colorado QB Brendon Lewis

Arizona QB Jordan McCloud

UAB QB Dylan Hopkins

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