2015 College Transfers Who Will Impact College Football Odds
Transfer players have a significant impact on college football each season. In some cases, it’s a graduate transfer who can play the next season, while in other cases it’s an undergraduate transfer who has to sit out one season because of NCAA rules. Either way, transfers often step onto their new campuses and make a big difference from Day 1. Just like in the NFL, the quarterbacks in the NCAA often get the most scrutiny, and there are a lot of moves still out there to watch for 2015. Vernon Adams left Eastern Washington to replace Marcus Mariota at Oregon, and Everett Golson has arrived at Florida State after leaving the Fighting Irish behind. Let’s take a look at some of the most impact full transfer players that we will see in the 2015 college football betting totals.
A Closer Look at the 2015 College Transfers Who Will Impact College Football Odds
Howard has transferred from UAB to Indiana and is eligible right away, because UAB announced that it was disbanding its football program in December. Even though UAB changed its mind and will now play football again this fall, Howard had already transferred and gotten NCAA approval to do so without losing a year of eligibility as is the case when a program shutters itself. In two seasons, Howard ran for 2,468 yards and 15 touchdowns. The Hoosiers lost Tevin Coleman, but Howard has what it takes to make the All-Big Ten squad as a running back.
The wide receiver is not only transferring within the same conference – he’s transferring within the same division as he has left UCLA to play for Arizona State. Jaelen Strong left the Sun Devils for the pros, leaving a vacancy for a receiver to step out. D.J. Foster is switching from running back to wideout, and Lucien is eligible immediately as a graduate transfer. In three seasons at UCLA, Lucien averaged 12.9 yards per grab, and he’s likely to do much the same with Arizona State.
Lyons is heading from Stanford to Michigan, which lost cornerback Blake Countess to Auburn via a transfer. From Florida, Lyons makes a strong fit in the Michigan press coverage scheme. Jim Harbaugh had recruited Lyons to Stanford, and now Lyons follows his coach to Michigan. In 2014, Lyons racked up 30 tackles in his 13 games.
The safety is moving from Georgia to the other side of the SEC, transferring to Auburn. Last year, the Tigers’ defense was a little on the suspect side, particularly in the grueling crucible of the SEC West. Coach Gus Malzahn responded by bringing in Will Muschamp as his defensive coordinator, so the team will likely allow significantly fewer than the 26.7 points they permitted each game in 2014. Matthews is just one well known defensive back to transfer into Auburn this season. At Georgia, Matthews played in eight games in 2013 and tallied 36 tackles.
The running back is moving from USC to Michigan. Jim Harbaugh has a reputation for establishing the run, which needs to be a priority in Ann Arbor, as the Wolverines only ran for 162.8 yard per game in 2014. Junior Derrick Green broke his clavicle in 2014, and he is back at full strength. Isaac had to sit out a season but is now ready to play. In high school, Isaac was a blue-chip recruit who rushed for two touchdowns and 236 yards with USC in 2013.