Every season, transfers flood the college football offseason news. This is especially true for quarterbacks, but there are other talented players who will be on new teams this season too. Here are the top non-quarterback transfers in college football.
Note: Only players who are eligible for the 2020 season will be listed.
1. Quincey Roche, DE, Miami Hurricanes
Roche has been one of the best pass rushers in college football over the last three seasons. He started his career at Temple, where he had 26 sacks and 39.5 tackles for loss in three seasons. As a junior last season, Roche had 13 sacks and 19 tackles for loss. His play helped the Owls win eight games last year.
After entering the transfer portal, Roche decided to join Miami for his last season of eligibility. With Roche and the talented Gregory Rousseau on the defensive line, they will be able to change games. They need new transfer quarterback D’Eriq King to generate some offense, but because of Roche’s transfer, the defensive line will be one of the best in the country.
2. Trey Sermon, RB, Ohio State Buckeyes
Trey Sermon started his career out at Oklahoma. As a member of the Sooners, he saw consistent playing time in the backfield over three years. He rushed for 2,076 yards and 22 touchdowns. He nearly rushed for 1,000 yards in 2018 when he finished the year with 947 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns. Sermon has been a part of a lot of good Oklahoma offenses in his three years with the Sooners.
After last season, Sermon decided to enter the transfer portal and had plenty of suitors. He chose to go to Ohio State. The Buckeyes lost J.K. Dobbins to the NFL Draft and Master Teague was supposed to take over in the backfield. Teague suffered an Achille’s injury, so Ohio State needed a new lead back. With Sermon joining star quarterback Justin Fields, the Buckeyes can have a great offense once again.
3. Jabril Cox, LB, LSU Tigers
Cox is one of the few FCS to FBS transfers and is expected to be really good this season. He was a player at North Dakota State and graduated, so he decided to make a huge jump in competition. Cox was a two-time All-American at the FCS level for the Bison. At NDSU, Cox helped the team win three FCS National Championships.
LSU is coming off a National Championship win, but a lot of players left for the NFL. They need new impact players on both sides of the ball. Cox has championship experience and playmaking ability to fit right in. The team will have just eight returning starters to rely on, but if Cox plays well they may be able to make some noise again in 2020.
4. Meiko Dotson, CB, Florida State Seminoles
Meiko Dotson has had an interesting college career up to this point. He started his career at Georgia Tech, but did not see much playing time. Dotson then went to junior college, but resurfaced at the FBS level at Florida Atlantic. He was injured and redshirted in 2018. Last season, he nine interceptions and three passes defended.
He decided to stay in the state of Florida and is joining Florida State for the 2020 season. After playing well in 2019, he will form a great duo at cornerback with Asante Samuel Jr. The Seminoles won six games last year, but if Dotson can help the defense get better, they could win a few more games and compete in the ACC Coastal.
5. Tarik Black, WR, Texas Longhorns
Black was a highly-touted recruit who decided to go to Michigan for his college career. He was talented, but never lived up to his potential on the field. In three seasons, he had 40 receptions for 507 yards and two touchdowns. He battled injuries and offensive inefficiencies during his time at Michigan, but now joins a new team.
After deciding to leave Michigan, Black decided to join the Texas Longhorns. Texas will be looking to compete in the Big 12 with 14 returning starters. Sam Ehlinger lost Collin Johnson and Devin Duvernay to the NFL, so Black will fill a void for the Longhorns. After Texas won eight games last season, they could improve with the addition of Black and their returning starters.
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