If Jevan Snead had stayed at Texas he would only be known as Colt's backup. Instead he'll be entering his second year as the starter for one of the biggest surprise teams in the nation.
Prior to Snead's arrival in Oxford, the Ole Miss Rebels had three consecutive seasons where they loss eight games or more. Last year they went 9-4, won the Cotton Bowl over Texas Tech, and were the only team in the country to defeat BCS (not National) Champion Florida.
When blue chip recruits transfer to smaller programs they can help bettors identify value teams. Schools that do not have the pull power of Texas or Florida not only end up with unexpected talent, but they get players looking for redemption and something to prove. Kind of like in hockey when the Might Ducks (not of Anaheim) landed Adam Banks.
Here's a quick look at some impact transfers looking for redemption in 2009
Ryan Mallett QB Arkansas
At 6'7 and having run a pro style offense in high school, Ryan Mallett was groomed by Lloyd Carr to be the next great Michigan quarterback. All that changed when Richard Rodriquez and the spread option came to Ann Arbor. Mallett soon transferred to Arkansas and sat out last year learning Bobby Petrino's offense. The year off seems to be helping as Mallett threw for over 300 yards and 5 TDs in a recent scrimmage. The schedule will be tough with road games at Alabama, Florida, Ole Miss, and LSU, but look for this former parade All American to play a big part in turning around a team that went 5-7 last year.
Josh Jarboe WR Troy
Much was expected from Josh Jarboe when he signed with Oklahoma. I'm assuming that youtube videos about shooting people and an actual weapons charge were not part of those expectations. Both of which led to his dismissal.
Troy has always presented great value for bettors posting a 22-13 ATS record in the last three years but in that period they have never had a blue chip WR. Barring another weapons charge and another incriminating youtube video, Jarboe should help continue that success.
rap video that got him kicked out of OU:
Phil Taylor DT Baylor
Like Jarboe, there were high expectation when Phil Taylor signed with Penn State. For the most part he lived up to those expectations playing a key role in a unit that ranked 7th in rushing defense in 2007. Taylor did not release a rap video on youtube but he was given the the boot after an on-campus fight.
Taylor now finds himself at Baylor and the 6'4 350 lbs DT is expected to have an immediate impact. Baylor was 4-8 last year but they were 8-3 ATS. In their season finale they only loss by a touchdown to #7 ranked Texas Tech on the road.
DeVoe Torrence RB Akron
When Ohio State was recruiting Devoe Torrence discussion revolved around whether he would play RB or LB. But soon this topic, like his scholarship, disappeared when rumors surfaced about DeVoe being part of a huge sex ring that involved minors. Torrence was later cleared of all charges but Ohio State wanted no part of him.
Regardless of what actually happened, Akron who has had three straight losing seasons, now has a blue chip recruit at running back.
Other impact transfers to look at
Zach Frazer QB Uconn - Pushed out by Clausen at Notre Dame, Frazer will have a chance to shine in Storrs
Jarred Fayson WR Illinois - Ex Florida Gator should help take pressure off All American WR Arrelious Benn.
Brandon Jackson RB East Carolina - Originally at Kentucky, apparent attitude problem, but has NFL talent
James Montgomery RB Washington State- Ex Cal Bear won't win the Cougars a PAC 10 title, but he'll help keep games a bit closer
Antwine Perez FS Maryland - 5 star recruit, but had to compete with future All American Taylor Mays at USC
Jamere Holland WR Oregon - Top 5 WR in H.S., but just another victim of USC's depth
Justin Burke QB Louisville - 4 star QB originally at NCST, looks to bring Cardinals back to the top of the Big East
Nick Fanuzzi QB Rice - Still completing for the job, but the ex-Crimson Tide player has the the strongest arm on the team
DajLeon Farr TE Memphis - Ex Miami Hurricane was one of the best TEs out of high school
AC Slater JOCK Bayside High - Fictional character from popular TV show, but that school would not be the same without him
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