Although a few thousand college football players have entered the transfer portal this offseason, quarterbacks are the headliners.
That’s not a surprise, considering no individual player can bolster a program quite like a signal-caller. And the 2022 portal class has a handful of big names, including onetime Oklahoma stars Caleb Williams and Spencer Rattler, former UCF standout Dillon Gabriel and 2021 5-star recruit Quinn Ewers.
The spring game provides the first widely available preview of these quarterbacks in their new spot.
Jaxson Dart, Ole Miss
Jaxson Dart soared onto the national radar with a 391-yard, four-touchdown day when he replaced an injured Kedon Slovis against Washington State last season.
Naturally, then, Dart’s hype train rapidly picked up steam as he left USC to play for Lane Kiffin and Ole Miss. The Rebels tied a program record with 10 victories in 2021, and quarterback Matt Corral’s departure has left an opening for Dart to start immediately.
He needs to win a position battle, though.
Dart’s main adversary is Luke Altmyer, who stepped in for Corral during the Sugar Bowl last season. The spring portion of the competition in Oxford ends with the April 23 scrimmage.
Quinn Ewers, Texas
Quinn Ewers is the least experienced QB featured here. In fact, he didn’t make an appearance for Ohio State in 2021 after reclassifying and heading to college one year early.
But the unknown is part of the excitement, right?
Ewers left Ohio State and returned home to Texas, where he joined the Longhorns and promptly created an interesting QB battle. Casey Thompson transferred to Nebraska, but Hudson Card—who initially won the job in 2021—is back for UT.
As the No. 1 overall prospect in his graduating class, Ewers is the flashier name. Card, however, faced a similar outlook last offseason and edged Thompson for the job.
Ewers and Card will take center stage at the spring game on April 23.