“There was a time when it was sacrilegious to transfer, to leave your team.”

The coach whining, it burns.

It’s also true that transfers are up across the board, and not just at quarterback. There were 211 graduate transfers playing in the FBS in 2017, a drastic increase from the 117 such transfers in 2016 and the just 17 in 2011. But no other position embodies the transfer craze quite like quarterback, perhaps due to the overwhelming attention always paid to the position in the first place.

It’s led to the near extinction of a certain type of college player: the career backup. Once a roster staple, senior quarterbacks who begin their careers on scholarship and stay with the same program through four years of eligibility without ascending to the starting role are now the sport’s rarest breed.

“It’s definitely different, there’s no doubt,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. “Those guys are few and far between.”

These guys are bitching about backup quarterbacks.  These guys are also accepting quarterback transfers.  It takes two to tango.  They simply hope nobody’s watching their moves on the dance floor.


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13 responses to ““There was a time when it was sacrilegious to transfer, to leave your team.”

  1. 81Dog

    Gus has signed more second hand QBs than anyone, hasn’t he? Has he ever had a D ecent one he didn’t get from the recycling bin?


  2. Sam Johnson

    Exactly. Where would Gus be without transferees Cam and Nick Marshall? My guess is he’d be back at Tulsa or Arky State. What a hypocrite.


    • JCDAWG83

      Without a felon qb who was kicked out of another SEC program Gus is harmless. I’m sure Auburn has a highly paid support staff member whose job is to scour the arrest reports from all the SEC schools local police reports looking for the next star qb for the cheetahs.


  3. ATL Dawg

    “I think the culture has changed a little bit,” said Alabama coach Nick Saban. “There was a time when it was sacrilegious to transfer, to leave your team.”

    Nick Saban has left his team 12 times in his coaching career.


  4. Go Dawgs!

    I’m all for players looking elsewhere if they think they’ve got a chance to play. For one thing, you probably need to play if you’re going to go pro and even though that’s a pipe dream for most of these kids, they deserve to chase their pipe dreams when they’re 20 years old. For another, it’s simply more fun to play than it is to stand on the sideline in a baseball cap. So, go get ’em, kids.

    It’s definitely a new age, though.


    • JCDAWG83

      I understand the wanting to play part but if you can’t win the starting job at a school your pro prospects probably aren’t that great. For me, the bigger reason I can see for wanting to transfer is the kid realizing he made a mistake in choosing the school and he doesn’t like the campus, the town or whatever where he is playing. Regular college students change schools because they decide they don’t like where they are, it has to be the same for some athletes.


      • Thorn Dawg

        I think this heavily weighed on Eason. The kid absolutely loved Athens. He did not want to leave that atmosphere. I mean, who does?


  5. Gaskilldawg

    Saban has no problem with players leaving the team when he tells them that he needs their scholarships for incoming recruits. Hypoctite.


  6. Jumping from job to job … it’s the free market

    Oversigning and roster management … part of the game

    Transferring to get a chance to play … OMG, the sky is falling and college free agency is coming.

    Bunch of overpaid PE teachers …


  7. ApalachDawg

    I have no problem with kids transferring.
    Just not to a common opponent that is on the schedule for the duration of their remaining undergrad eligibility. Why should we be a pipeline to AUbarn?
    However I think under Kirby that will never happen again.


  8. UGA '97

    They cough into Benjamins in lieu of hankerchiefs, rough life.


  9. The perpetual whine: Do as I say, not as I have done. Then no matter what, do not look behind the curtain.