Following Kansas State’s loss to Tulane on September 17, coach Chris Kliman and offensive coordinator Collin Klein faced transfer guard Adrian Martinez.

Their message: Let it rip.

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“I don’t think it was a matter of trust,” Kleiman told Sportzshala. “We played very well defensively in the beginning and he didn’t want to put the defense in a difficult position. It was his ability to get used to what we do on offense and play fast, and if he’s wrong, he’s wrong. mistake, but do it aggressively.”

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After playing at Tulane, Martinez became the quarterback Kansas State hoped he could play after a productive but tumultuous four seasons in Nebraska. He has 350 passing yards, 319 rushing yards, and nine touchdowns (seven rushes, two passes) in wins over Oklahoma and Texas Tech to move Kansas State to 20th in the AP Poll.

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Martinez is one of many college football transfer defenders who have influenced the first half of the 2022 season. He’s also part of a smaller but notable group of older players – adults, if you will – who found new programs later in their careers, hoping to end on a strong note.

“The 40+ games he played showed that,” Kliman said. “He made us make so many good calls, did a great job of checking at the line of scrimmage. It helped us by getting into the pace without getting bogged down when Adrian is comfortable. He sees it and he’s one step ahead of the people and gives us a really good call. This is a sign that someone is very mature who has played football a lot.”

Transfers once again define the college football season, and not just as a quarterback. Sportzshala spoke to coaches from every Power 5 league about the 25 standout transfers that have changed teams this offseason – from opposing teams and some from their own team. The list does not include all significant transfers, but I have tried to identify those who have caught the attention of managers, including a strong group of quarterbacks and some players who go unnoticed.

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JT Daniels, West Virginia

Previous command: Georgia

2022 numbers: 1,209 passing yards, 8 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, 63.7% completion rate, 71.5 QBR

Accident: West Virginia 2-3, but Daniels performed well after arriving from Georgia. His reunion with offensive coordinator Graham Harrell—they briefly worked together at the University of Southern California before Daniels suffered a torn ACL—benefited both. After making a so-so debut against Pitt in the Backyard Brawl, Daniels completed 65.5% of his passes with six touchdowns and one interception in WVU’s last four games.

What they say: “We thought he was a good player, throwing a very, very good deep ball,” said the opposing coach. “JT Daniels could have been an NFL quarterback. Obviously he needs to stay healthy. He could have played in Georgia or the NFL if he’d stayed healthy.”