There are many familiar faces in the new locations ahead of the 2022 college football season. Earlier this off-season, we rounded up a string of quarterback transfers for the coming season. Now is your chance to be reminded of all the major transfers without quarterbacks since the end of 2021. Here are 20 players, alphabetized below, who we think could make a big impact on their new teams this season.
USC WR Jordan Addison (from Pitt)
The 2021 Biletnikoff Award winner was the biggest off-season transfer without a quarterback. Addison and Kenny Pickett were the best passing pair in college football a season ago, when Addison hit 100 for 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns. As you can imagine, expectations to repeat this performance are sky high now that Addison is on Lincoln Riley’s offense at USC and will be picking up passes from former Oklahoma QB Caleb Williams.
Texas TE Jalil Billingsley (from Alabama)
Billingsley is now in Austin after a couple of years of promises and high expectations from Crimson Tide. Billingsley has never seen the field consistently in Tuscaloosa and has only 37 career shots for 559 yards and six touchdowns. If he has a breakthrough campaign in 2022, he could easily top his career in a single season.
Arkansas C Latavius Brini (from Georgia)
Briny didn’t get the plaudits that many of his Georgia defensive teammates received, but he was an important part of the Bulldog’s deep defense that led Georgia to the national title. Brini has played in 12 games in 2021 and has 38 tackles. Arkansas needs a lot of replacements in the defense, which has been very busy in 2021. Briny will be one of the players who are counted on to jump into the game right away.
Alabama WR Jermaine Burton (from Georgia)
Yes, not only did Burton move to the conference, he moved from the reigning national champions to the school that Georgia beat in the national title game. In 2021, Burton was averaging almost 20 yards per catch, which was a major offensive threat for the Bulldogs. He had 26 catches for 497 yards and five touchdowns. He should reprise this role in Alabama.
LSU RB Noah Kane (from PA)
Former Nittany Lyon is looking to restart his football career at Baton Rouge. Kane rushed for 443 yards and eight touchdowns for just 84 carries in 2019 and hasn’t come close to that total in the past two seasons combined. Kane suffered a knee injury in Game 1 of the 2020 season after just three carries and had just 350 yards and four touchdowns in 2021. After being drafted by the 49ers, Tyrion Davis-Price has an opportunity in the LSU backfield to capture him.
Utah LB Mohamud Diabate (from Florida)
Utah need to replace versatile linebacker Devin Lloyd, and Diabaté could be one of those who will. In 2021, Florida’s defense came under a lot of criticism, but Diabate led the team with 89 tackles and also had 2.5 tackles per loss. He also plays in Gainesville to start his career in Utah. The Utes visit Florida in one of the best first weekend games.
USC RB Travis Dye (from Oregon)
Dai has been a major part of Oregon’s offense for the last four seasons. How big? Well, in his Oregon career, he rushed for 3,111 yards, hitting 83 balls for 869 yards. His best season came in 2021 when he returned to the team with 211 carries for 1,271 yards and 16 touchdowns, along with 46 catches and 402 receiving yards. Don’t let Dai’s addition to the USC offense go unnoticed.
Ole Miss RB Zach Evans (from TCU)
Evans only played 15 games in two seasons at TCU but made a huge impact when he was on the field. In those games, he rushed for 1,063 yards and averaged over seven yards per carry. Evans entered TCU after initially signing with Georgia as a five-star freshman. Now he’s with the Securities and Exchange Commission and in line to start with Gerrion Ealy in the NFL. He can be a star threat in Lane Kiffin’s attack.
Alabama RB Jameer Gibbs (from Georgia Institute of Technology)
Jameson Williams showed the impact a transfer could have on an Alabama offense in 2021. Is it Jameer Gibbs’ turn in 2022? The former Yellow Jacket rushed for 746 yards on 143 carries and received 465 yards for Georgia Tech in 2021. It’s safe to say that Gibbs’ supporting cast would be a lot better in Tuscaloosa than they were in Atlanta. And he can be a versatile defender that offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien uses in a variety of ways.
Alabama WR Tyler Harrell (from Louisville)
Harrell only had 18 catches in 2021, but he’s on this list because six of them came in touchdowns and he averaged 29 yards per catch. He was the epitome of a serious threat in the Louisville offense and would become a mainstay for the Tide. He can also respond to kicks and can see there for a while. With Harrell and Burton moving in and out of the lineup, Alabama may be looking to replace downfield Jameson Williams with two receivers.
Arkansas WR Jadon Hazelwood (from Oklahoma)
In 2021, Hazelwood had the most catches of any Oklahoma wide receiver as Caleb Williams and Spencer Rattler kicked off the ball. Hazelwood had 39 catches for 399 yards and led the team with six touchdown catches. He could immediately become Arkansas’ top receiver as the Razorbacks look to replace playmaker Traylon Burks.
Oregon RB Mar’Kase Irving (from Minnesota)
Irving proved to be a necessary part of Minnesota’s 2021 offense after Mo Ibrahim lost in the first game of the season. Irving finished the season as Minnesota’s second-best player with 699 yards on 133 carries like a true rookie. He could be the best in Oregon in 2022 when Dai moves to Southern California.
Kentucky RB Ramon Jefferson (from Sam Houston State)
Jefferson has a chance to be a breakout candidate in the Kentucky rush offense. Lead rusher Chris Rodriguez is returning from 2021 but was arrested for drunk driving in the spring and it’s possible he’ll miss time early in the season. The Kentucky backfield is crowded behind Rodriguez, but Jefferson rushed for 1,155 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Sam Houston State team in 2021. UK is Jefferson’s fourth school after he originally signed with Maine in 2017.
Notre Dame with Brandon Joseph (from Northwest)
Joseph could immediately become one of Notre Dame’s best defenders in 2022. The former Northwest quarterback has done a bit of everything in 2021. single interception for the season. It’s too simplistic to say that he would be a direct replacement for Kyle Hamilton, but he could play a similar role in defending Marcus Freeman.
Nebraska, D.C. Ocean Mathis (from TCU)
Mathis has played four seasons with the Horned Frogs and could be the forward Nebraska badly needs to make it to the bowl in 2022. Mathis has 26 tackles to lose and 12.5 sacks in his career, and has had at least 40 tackles in each of his last three games. seasons. His best season came in 2020 when he had 12.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks in 10 games.
Ohio State S. Tanner McCallister (from Oklahoma State)
McAllister changed from one OSU to another, following defensive coordinator Jim Knowles from Stillwater to Columbus. McCallister will be a key link in the Buckeyes’ move to Knowles’ circuit, as he has been a big player in Oklahoma State for the past three seasons. In the 2020 and 2021 seasons, he had 11 passes defended and 83 tackles.
Alabama CB Eli Ricks (from LSU)
The five-star former rookie played in 14 games in two seasons at LSU. He had four interceptions as a freshman in 2020 and one interception in six games in 2021. The Ricks should immediately see Alabama’s second-place playtime in the Tide’s long line of star guards.
Cal L.B. Jackson Sirmon (from Washington)
Simon made his way to the West Coast in the off-season and should immediately become Cal’s top linebacker in 2022. Simon played in 12 games for the Huskies in 2021 and had 91 tackles and four tackles for losing the season Washington fans ultimately want. forget. His father is former NFL linebacker Peter Sirmon, and Peter is Cal’s defensive coordinator.
Florida State, DC Jared Stich (from Albany)
Vers was an impressive player during his two years at Albany and will be counted on to keep that level when he bounces to the next level. Vers recorded 14.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for the Albany loss and also fumbled twice. Now that Jermaine Johnson is with the New York Jets, the USSR needs someone to constantly harass the quarterback.
USC WR Mario Williams (from Oklahoma)
Williams was one of the gems of Oklahoma’s 2021 recruiting class. The receiver was a five-star rookie and the No. 2 receiver in the country. He also made an immediate impact with 35 catches for 380 yards and four touchdowns. He may not be the second wide receiver in Los Angeles right away, but he could be the next USC wide receiver star in 2023.