Stanford QB K.J. Costello Reportedly Enters Transfer Portal

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 19, 2019

BOULDER, COLORADO - NOVEMBER 09: Quarterback K.J. Costello #3 of Stanford Cardinal throws against the Colorado Buffaloes in the first quarter at Folsom Field on November 09, 2019 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello has reportedly entered his name in the transfer portal as a graduate transfer, according to Matt Zenitz of AL.com. 

Costello was a highly touted player entering the season but injuries limited him to just five games in 2019.

The quarterback should be eligible to play immediately in 2020 with one year left in college after spending four years with the program, seeing game action in three seasons. 

Costello was at his best in 2018, totaling 3,540 passing yards and 29 touchdowns in 13 games while leading the Cardinal to a 9-4 record.

The 6'5" passer was considered a potential NFL draft prospect, even listed among the top 10 options at the position as recently as November by Bleacher Report's Matt Miller. His coach David Shaw also expected him to leave for the NFL after this season:

Stewart Mandel @slmandel

Man, can a college player's stock turn in a hurry. Here's what David Shaw told me about KJ Costello before the season. (Though he was right about the "not expecting him to come back" part.) https://t.co/M6WhtmKe2o

However, he was in and out of the lineup in 2019 and only played two games after September. He finished the year with just six touchdowns with three interceptions while Stanford struggled to 4-8 overall.

Despite the lost season, Costello will likely be a hot commodity in the transfer pool:

Tom Fornelli @TomFornelli

KJ Costello is a lot better QB than he showed in 2019. He’ll be popular.

David Mills would presumably enter 2020 as Stanford's staring quarterback if Costello does indeed leave.