According to numerous reports, several SMU players will miss the remainder of the 2022 season with the intention of entering the transfer portal.. The safety of sophomore Isaiah Nwokobia, DB veteran Chace Cromarty and receivers Roderick Daniels Jr. and Jaylin Record will enter the portal. by He3. Team members reported Dallas Morning Newshowever, that Nwokobia and Daniels have not yet signaled an intention to transfer.
With new NCAA rules surroundingplayers will officially not be able to enter the portal until the season ends.
Nwokobia has played big snaps after being the second-best-ranked player in the Mustangs’ 2021 recruiting class, and Cromartie has 17 starts over the past two seasons, though he has dropped out of the depth chart. Daniels was a rotational freshman in 2021 but had just two catches as a sophomore in 2022. The record rarely hit the field.
Opting out of the transfer portal mid-season is becoming more and more fashionable, especially with players having additional work rights thanks to the pandemic season. Recently, Boise State quarterback Hank Bachmeier decidedafter a disappointing 2-2 start to the season. (As an alumnus, Bachmeier could enter the portal right away.) Quarterback Charlie Brewer left Utah last season after a 1-2 start to retain his remaining eligibility and move to Liberty, where he was named starting quarterback at the start of the season.
Most notably, however, former Houston quarterback D’Eric King skipped the 2019 season and moved to Miami, joining (ironically) with SMU coach Rhett Lashley, who was the Hurricanes’ offensive coordinator.
However, SMU played well at the start of Lashley’s era and both of his losses came in one-point games against the Power Five rivals. The Mustangs open AAC’s game against the UCF on Wednesday in a game that was pushed back by Hurricane Ian. However, the four-game threshold means every SMU player will be able to use the redshirt season and remain eligible.
SMU has made extensive use of the transfer portal to complete their roster with great success. SMU achieved its first 10-win season since 1983 when Lashley was offensive coordinator in 2019. For now, however, the Mustangs may be feeling the other side of the transfer portal.