10 Teams Who Will Be Most Impacted by Transfers in 2013
College football is not just about practice, the games and recruiting, although those are the aspects on which the most emphasis and hype is placed.
There is another aspect, technically, part of recruiting, that can have a major impact on a team—transfers.
Take the case of Russell Wilson. Wilson transferred from N.C.State to Wisconsin back in 2011, and wound up taking that Wisconsin team from good to a Rose Bowl and a Big Ten title.
While there are not any such high profile transfers becoming eligible to play this season, there are several teams that are going to be impacted by the transfers.
Jake Heaps, the BYU quarterback who is now at Kansas and will be at the front of the pack for the starting job, is one of the top transfer prospects at the position, and you better believe the Jayhawks will be a different offense with a decent quarterback at the helm.
Like the Jayhawks, each team on this list will be significantly impacted due to transferred players who are currently eligible to play.
TCU Horned Frogs
TCU has some really interesting movement going in in the transfer department.
Headlining that bunch is former Nebraska running back Aaron Green, who arrived at Nebraska as a top 15 recruit, but left after he couldn't earn carries ahead of Rex Burkhead and Ameer Abdullah.
While it is not a given that Green will earn the starting nod, he will definitely be a contributor alongside B.J. Catalon and Waymon James.
Ja'Juan Story is another transfer, from Florida, who will provide a spark on offense.
The wide receiver prospect has the skills to be a contributor, and with Josh Boyce and Skye Dawson gone, the wide receiver position needs some skilled depth.
Story can help provide that depth.
Also fighting for time at the wide receiver position will be Josh Doctson, a transfer from Wyoming who caught five touchdown passes as a freshman in 2011.
The Horned Frogs also snagged former LSU defensive back David Jenkins, who never saw playing time for the Tigers, but could crack the two-deep at TCU.
TCU definitely has plenty of potential options coming into the fold via transfer in 2013.
Jake Heaps started 16 games at BYU before losing his starting job to Riley Nelson.
He was the top quarterback recruit of the 2010 signing class, but never lived up to the expectations during his time at BYU and has since moved on to Kansas.
While he will not be a Heisman contender, Heaps is a significant upgrade over the Jayhawks' 2012 quarterbacks, Michael Cummings and Dayne Crist.
The Jayhawks will not be automatic contenders for the Big 12 title, but having Heaps under center will improve the offense to the point where an upset or two against the upper tier of the Big 12 is much more likely.
And it's not just Heaps making the move to Kansas.
Wide receiver Justin McCay transferred from conference rival Oklahoma, and while he's not going to light the world on fire, has the potential and talent to step up for the Jayhawks and be a significant contributor.
Kansas is extremely thin at wide receiver, so McCay, at the very least, provides another option at the position for Heaps and the staff.
Aaron Lynch is a monster.
In his only season with Notre Dame, Aaron Lynch racked up 33 tackles, seven tackles for a loss and five and a half sacks.
Lynch will be one of the starting defensive ends for the Bulls from beginning to end of the 2013 season, barring injury, and with an offseason to prepare and learn the system, he will put up huge numbers.
He's a significant upgrade at defensive end for South Florida, and will wind up as one of the best defensive ends in the nation before all is said and done.
Remember Tom Savage?
He was one of the top quarterbacks coming out of high school in 2009 and wound up at Rutgers.
Following his freshman season, he transferred to Arizona, where he left after Rich Rodriguez was hired to head back to Pitt.
Savage has been sitting for each of the past two seasons after transfers, but is finally ready to take the field for Pitt this fall.
Savage never lived up to his potential, but has an opportunity to make a huge impact for Paul Chryst's pro-style offense.
Beside Savage's arrival, Pitt also welcomes defensive lineman David Durham from Ohio State, and must deal with the departure of running back Rushel Shell.
Also of note, Wisconsin transfer Manasseh Garner will be available at tight end.
Texas A&M Aggies
Ben Malena and Trey Williams are already the first two backs in the Aggies' backfield.
That said, the transfers of Tra Carson from Oregon and Brandon Williams from Oklahoma give the Aggies the deepest backfield in college football 2013.
Carson was effective in limited time for the Ducks, putting up a touchdown and 254 yards on 45 carries.
With his 227-pound size, Carson has the potential to get a majority of the carries that may be available near the goal-line.
Williams had limited opportunities at Oklahoma, but bolsters an already deep stable of running backs.
With a sophomore at quarterback in Johnny Manziel who has already won a Heisman Trophy, this backfield is going to be a lethal weapon in the Big 12.
As if Louisville's offense needs more potential weapons.
The Cardinals are loaded on offense, with the exception of one position—tight end.
Thanks to the transfer of Gerald Christian from Florida, and Zeke Pike from Auburn, where he was recruited as a quarterback, the Cardinals have two solid options at the position.
The offense does not often call for the tight end to be involved, but having the option of involving Christian and Pike in the passing game as well as blocking is a solid addition to an offense that is already going to be one of the best in the nation.
It's not just arrivals that are impacting the Cardinals, however. Running back Jeremy Wright has decided to leave the program.
Wide receiver Robert Clark is also transferring in from Florida, and while he will have a hard time cracking the two-deep, he contributes some depth to an already deep group of wide receivers.
Wide receiver Robert Clark, tight end Gerald Christian, tackle Matt Patchan and linebacker Graham Stewart are all departing from Florida.
None of them are All-American caliber talent, but each of those players have the potential to contribute meaningful snaps at their new destinations. It is hard to believe the Gators won't miss them in 2013.
Max Garcia and Tyler Moore are both transferring into the program as offensive linemen, and while Moore is not coming straight from Nebraska to Florida, both of these players have the talent to play a major role on Florida's offensive line and possibly start all season long.
Also transferring in from East Mississippi Community College is defensive lineman Darious Cummings, who has the talent to be a major contributor for Will Muschamp's defense.
Colorado State Rams
Colorado State's list of transfers out is significant.
Quarterback Pete Thomas, defensive lineman C.J. James and linebacker Mike Orakpo (dismissed) are all out.
Thomas completed over 60 percent of his attempts during two years at Colorado State, and has the talent to earn the starting position with N.C. State.
Orakpo was dismissed after an unfortunate incident after a party and wound up with Baylor.
Both James and Orakpo were solid performers at CSU, and Orakpo had the talent to be one of the top linebackers in the conference.
The Rams' program is heading the right direction, but losing talent such as Orakpo is not going to have a positive effect.
The new head coach at UTEP, Sean Kugler, made a splash when he convinced former Texas A&M quarterback, Jameill Showers, to play for the Miners in El Paso.
With Johnny Manziel hogging all the snaps at quarterback for Texas A&M, Showers took his talents to UTEP, and barring a major injury or some other significant change, will earn the starting position.
Having Showers at the quarterback position instantly upgrades the offense, and gives the team hope of finishing with a winning record.
Jesse Scroggins is not a transfer directly from a major college program, as he spent the 2012 season at El Camino College.
In two seasons at USC, Scroggins could not get on the field during game play, so it's unlikely that he will jump in at Arizona and automatically become a Heisman candidate.
However, he does provide a viable option to replace the underrated Matt Scott and help provide a passing attack to compliment what is shaping up to be a formidable rushing attack led by Ka'Deem Carey.
Also transferring in at the quarterback position will be Nick Isham from La. Tech.
Running back Daniel Jenkins is transferring within the conference to Washington State, and should Ka'Deem Carey be injured, there could be some depth issues with Jenkins gone.