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College football quarterback transfer portal tracker following 2023 season

The quarterback shifting ahead of the 2024 season should be massive. We attempt to keep up with the movement here.

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The 2023 college football regular season has wrapped and that means the transfer portal is beginning to fire up. Transfer quarterbacks have made significant impacts for their new schools in recent years and that’s evident with the likes of Bo Nix, Michael Penix Jr., and Jayden Daniels all emerging as Heisman Trophy contenders this season.

Here, we’ll keep tabs on the top gunslingers in the sport and where they land when the smoke clears:

College football quarterback transfers

Max Johnson

Previous schools: LSU, Texas A&M

Final destination: North Carolina

November 29 update: Johnson told On3 Sports that he has committed to North Carolina.

After stints at both LSU and Texas A&M, Johnson will move on from College Station with two years of eligibility remaining. He replaced an injured Conner Weigman midway through the season before suffering his own rib injury against Ole Miss.

DJ Uiagalelei

Previous school: Clemson, Oregon State

Final destination: TBD

Uiagalelei is on the move again after spending just one season at Oregon State. He was able to get a fresh start after a disappointing end to his time at Clemson, leading the Beavers to an 8-4 record while throwing for 2,638 yards, 21 touchdowns, and seven interceptions.

Grayson McCall

Previous school: Coastal Carolina

Final destination: TBD

McCall spent five years at Coastal and started for four of them. This season, he finished with over 1,900 passing yards, 10 touchdowns, and six interceptions. He passed for 2,700 yards or more in both 2021 and 2022, and added 51 touchdowns over those two years.

Riley Leonard

Previous school: Duke

Final destination: TBD

Leonard entered the portal with a “no contact” tag, and the rumor mill is sending him to Notre Dame, though he has made no official announcement. Leonard led Duke to a 4-1 start to their 2023 season before sustaining an ankle injury against Notre Dame that kept him out for most of the season. He finished the year with three passing touchdowns, four rushing touchdowns, and three picks.

Will Howard

Previous school: Kansas State

Final destination: TBD

Howard took over as the starter for K-State midway through the 2022 season and helped lead the team to the Big 12 Championship Game. As a senior this year, he compiled 2,643 passing yards, 364 rushing yards, and 33 total touchdowns.

Will Rogers

Previous school: Mississippi State

Final destination: TBD

Rogers was a four-year starter at Mississippi State and excelled while operating the late Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense. He leaves Starkville with 12,315 career passing yards, the second-most in SEC history.

Katin Houser

Previous school: Michigan State

Final destination: TBD

A former four-star high school prospect out of powerhouse St. John Bosco in California, Houser got to start as a redshirt freshman in the back half of Michigan state’s season this year. He is one of several Spartan players entering the portal in the aftermath of Mel Tucker’s firing.

Hank Bachmeier

Previous schools: Boise State, Louisiana Tech

Final destination: TBD

Bachmeier is entering the portal once again after spending just one season at Louisiana Tech following his four-year stint at Boise State. He threw for 2,058 yards with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions this year.

Ken Seals

Previous school: Vanderbilt

Final destination: TBD

Seals started several games in place of an injured AJ Swann this season, throwing 11 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Nate Johnson

Previous school: Utah

Final destination: TBD

With Cam Rising sidelined with his ACL injury, Johnson spent the first month of the season as the Utes starter before being replaced by former walk-on Bryson Barnes. He compiled 499 passing yards, 235 rushing yards, and seven total touchdowns.

Tyler Shough

Previous school: Oregon, Texas Tech

Final destination: Louisville

December 5 update: Shough told ESPN he will be transferring to Louisville.

Shough enters the portal after completing a three-year stint in Lubbock that was plagued by injuries. He broke his leg against West Virginia in late September and was ruled out for the season.

Spencer Petras

Previous school: Iowa

Final destination: TBD

Petras did not suit up for Iowa in 2023 as he was nursing a shoulder injury he suffered the year prior. He’ll look for a fresh start after spending years operating an ineffective Iowa offense under the guidance of Brian Ferentz.

Dante Moore

Previous school: UCLA

Final destination: TBD

Moore enters the portal after just one season at UCLA under head coach Chip Kelly. The former five-star prospect was up-and-down as a true freshman, throwing for 1,610 yards, 11 touchdowns, and nine interceptions through nine games.

MJ Morris

Previous school: NC State

Final destination: TBD

Morris enters the portal after spending two seasons with Raleigh with the Wolf Pack. He replaced struggling Brennan Armstrong as the starter midway through the season and led the Pack to a 3-1 record. Having played exactly four games, he opted out the rest of the season in early November to preserve his redshirt and another year of eligibility.

Kyle McCord

Previous school: Ohio State

Final destination: TBD

McCord came under fire as the Ohio State starter this season, and will not be remaining in Columbus for 2024. He finished the season with 24 touchdowns and six interceptions in an 11-1 season for the Buckeyes.

Dillon Gabriel

Previous school: Oklahoma

Final destination: TBD

Gabriel began his career at UCF before joining Brent Venables at Oklahoma ahead of the 2022 season. He led the Sooners to a 10-2 season in 2023, passing for a career-high 3,660 yards. He passed for 30 touchdowns and rushed for another 12. Gabriel was expected to find himself in a quarterback competition next season with Jackson Arnold.

Tyler Buchner

Previous school: Alabama

Final destination: TBD

After spending a year at Jalen Milroe’s backup at Alabama, Buchner has unexpectedly entered the portal as a lacrosse player.

Tyler Van Dyke

Previous school: Miami

Final destination: TBD

Van Dyke spent four years at Miami and spent the last three as a starter for the Hurricanes. He dealt with some minor injury issues in 2023, and the Canes finished 7-5. He passed for 2,700 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions in the 2023 season. His best year thus far was 2021, in which he passed for over 2,900 yards and had a TD-to-INT ratio of 25-to-6.

Cam Ward

Previous school: Washington State

Final destination: TBD

Ward is getting out of dodge as he leaves the now conference-less Washington State program. He spent the last two years as a Cougar, and had an impressive 2023 season. Ward finished the year with over 3,700 passing yards, 25 passing TDs, eight rushing TDs, and seven interceptions.