College Football QBs Most Likely to Transfer Before the Start of Spring Practice
The college football offseason always brings a wave of transfers, and the top position for turnover is always quarterback.
With only room for one starter per squad, players are often quick to bolt elsewhere if they think playing time is available.
With spring practice rapidly approaching, time is winding down for these decision to be made, so we'll break down which quarterbacks are on their way out and which ones could be following in the near future.
Max Wittek, USC
As Cody Kessler emerged as USC's starter over the 2013 season, Max Wittek's tenure in Troy was put on a timer.
It was no surprise then, especially with former 5-star stud Max Browne on his heels, that Wittek decided to leave the program.
Chip Brown of OrangeBloods.com reported that Wittek loved his visit to Texas:
Everything about my trip (to Texas) was awesome. From the coaches to the players, the school, the campus - it all probably exceeded what I thought it would be.
From the time I got to Austin on Saturday, Coach (Shawn) Watson and I were talking ball. A lot of the concepts they are talking about, I ran at Mater Dei (high school). So I already feel comfortable.
Brown also noted that Wittek is also considering transferring to TCU, Louisville and Hawaii.
Michael Brewer, Texas Tech
Soon-to-be former Texas Tech quarterback Michael Brewer is already in the process of transferring away from Lubbock.
Brewer was thought to be a favorite to win the Red Raiders' starting quarterback job last year but was sidelined by injury. Now, TTU has its quarterback of the future in sophomore Davis Webb and there has been some major fallout.
The end of his stint at TTU is growing ugly fast, so it is only a matter of time before he settles in somewhere in time for spring practice.
Jake Rodrigues, Oregon
Oregon quarterback Jake Rodrigues hasn't expressed interest in transferring yet, but the Ducks' depth chart is looking stacked with young talent.
Rodrigues was No. 3 on the depth chart behind second-straight Jeff Lockie last year and will likely stay there since Marcus Mariota is returning. Lockie and Rodrigues are both redshirt sophomores, while Mariota is a redshirt junior.
He is a talented quarterback and could start on many other teams, so his best bet might be to head elsewhere.
He could also be challenged by the arrival of highly touted 4-star recruit Morgan Mahalak.
Tyler O'Connor, Michigan State
Tyler O'Connor was the odd man out of Michigan State's three-way quarterback battle and could be set for a transfer with Andrew Cook as the solidified starter.
Cook, a junior, only improved as the season went on and isn't in any danger of losing his starting spot.
Meanwhile, O'Connor, who will be a redshirt sophomore next year, could be stuck to a backup role until his redshirt senior season. He'll also have to continue to fend off former 4-star recruit Damion Terry.
With playing time perhaps at a minimum, O'Connor could be headed elsewhere.
Bart Houston or D.J. Gillins, Wisconsin
Joel Stave had a solid starting debut as a redshirt sophomore and looks to be cemented into the lead quarterback role for the next couple of seasons in Madison.
It isn't likely that both of these talented signal-callers will be willing to wait for their chance to play.
Both have talent that other programs would be glad to have under center.