The first FBS transfer window officially opened on Dec. 5 and hundreds of players have already flooded into the portal.
Graduate transfers and players whose head coaches were fired could enter the portal at any time, but the first open window for all players runs between Dec. 5 and Jan. 18. It’s the first year with these transfer windows. The second comes after spring practice — from April 15-30. Players do not have to choose their transfer destinations during those windows, but that is when non-graduates have to submit their paperwork to pursue a transfer.
Rivals is tuned into the transfer portal extensively with its transfer tracker, updating it constantly as new names appear. In this space, we’ll keep you up to date on all the biggest names in college football who decide to pursue a new opportunity.
Iowa adds TE Erick All from Michigan
Iowa has landed another transfer from Michigan. After adding QB Cade McNamara, the Hawkeyes received a commitment from tight end Erick All on Wednesday.
All missed the majority of the 2022 season due to injury and decided to pursue a transfer after the Big Ten title game.
All caught 38 passes for 437 yards and two touchdowns in 2021. Notably, All had 10 catches for 98 yards vs. Michigan State and had the game-winning 47-yard touchdown reception vs. Penn State.
Grayson McCall hits the transfer market
Another big-name quarterback is on the move.
Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall announced Monday that he will explore transfer opportunities after playing in the Chanticleers' bowl game. CCU is set to face East Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl on Dec. 27. McCall's name officially appeared in the portal on Monday afternoon.
The Chanticleers went 9-3 this season and saw head coach Jamey Chadwell depart for Liberty following a loss to Troy in the Sun Belt title game. While ex-NC State offensive coordinator Tim Beck will be the program's new head coach, defensive coordinator Chad Staggs will serve as the interim head coach for the bowl game.
Coastal Carolina has a combined 31-6 record over the past three seasons, and McCall's emergence as a star has been a key reason for the program's rise.
After redshirting in 2019, McCall has combined to throw for 7,994 yards and 77 touchdowns with just eight interceptions over the past three seasons. He has also rushed for 1,042 yards and 16 TDs during that span.
Needless to say, McCall will have plenty of options — likely at the Power Five level.
JT Daniels on the move once again
JT Daniels is headed to a fourth school. According to ESPN, Daniels intends to enter the transfer portal once again. He's no stranger to the transfer process. He spent the 2022 season at West Virginia and previously had stops at Georgia and USC.
Daniels was the starter at USC as a true freshman in 2018 and then suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 1 of the 2019 season. From there, he transferred to Georgia. He started a few games but mainly served as Stetson Bennett's backup. He was the backup when UGA won the national title in 2021.
Later, Daniels moved on to WVU and started most of the season for the Mountaineers before being replaced by Garrett Greene late in the year. For the season, Daniels threw for 2,107 yards, 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Because of the exception granted for the 2020 season, Daniels has at least one season of eligibility remaining. And if he is able to obtain a medical redshirt for 2019, it's possible he could even play in 2024 as a seventh-year senior.
Oklahoma State QB Spencer Sanders in the portal
Longtime Oklahoma State QB Spencer Sanders is transferring.
Sanders has been Oklahoma State’s starter for the majority of his career. He’s played in 43 games across the past four seasons and is 765-of-1,254 passing for 9,553 yards and 67 TDs and 40 TDs.
Sanders’ best season came in 2021 when he completed 62% of his passes for 2,839 yards and threw 20 TDs. He took a step back as he battled injuries in 2022 and completed 58% of his passes and threw for 2,642 yards in 10 games.
Sanders will likely have lots of suitors from schools looking for an experienced starter. And Oklahoma State could find itself in the transfer QB market as well. The Cowboys have singed just one four-star QB over the past three recruiting classes and that QB — Nevada’s Shane Illingworth — is no longer on the roster.
Pac-12's leading receiver hits portal
Dorian Singer may not be a household name nationally, but Pac-12 coaches are very aware of him.
Singer caught 66 passes for 1,105 yards and six touchdowns this season for Arizona, leading the Pac-12 in receiving yards. However, Singer has decided to leave the Wildcats program.
Singer has two years of eligibility remaining. He will be highly coveted by other programs.
Pitt adds Phil Jurkovec from Boston College
Pitt already had another quarterback lined up.
On the same day Kedon Slovis put his name into the transfer portal, the Panthers landed a commitment from ex-Boston College quarterback Phil Jurkovec. Jurkovec, who informed ESPN of his decision, is a Pittsburgh-area native who started for three seasons at BC and began his career at Notre Dame.
Jurkovec, who has 5,405 career passing yards, was injured in BC's loss to UConn on Oct. 29 and did not return this season. He has one year of eligibility at Pitt.
4-year starting QB Devin Leary leaving NC State
Another notable quarterback is hitting the transfer portal.
Devin Leary announced his plan to leave NC State for his final year of eligibility. Leary was NC State's starting quarterback for the past four seasons. He was the ACC's Preseason Player of the Year but suffered a season-ending pectoral injury after playing in only six games.
Over four seasons, Leary threw for 6,807 yards and 62 touchdowns. In 2021, he threw for 3,433 yards and 35 touchdowns with just five interceptions. He will be heavily pursued in the portal.
With Leary moving on, NC State will either pursue a transfer of its own or turn to MJ Morris or Ben Finley. Morris impressed as a true freshman, becoming the starter a few weeks after Leary's injury. When Morris had an injury of his own, Finley led the Wolfpack to a win over North Carolina in the regular season finale.
DJ Uiagalelei leaving Clemson
Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei has decided to enter the transfer portal, he announced Monday.
Uiagalelei was a five-star recruit in 2020 who backed up Trevor Lawrence as a freshman and notably had a starring performance for the Tigers in a road game vs. Notre Dame. But when he took over as the starter in 2021, Uiagalelei did not replicate that level of play. Uiagalelei threw for 2,246 yards with nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions while completing just 55.6% of his throws as the Tigers’ ACC championship streak ended.
This season, Uiagalelei showed improvement and held onto his starting job even with another five-star, Cade Klubnik, nipping at his heels. Clemson went 10-2 in the regular season with Uiagalelei as the starter, but head coach Dabo Swinney pulled Uiagalelei for Klubnik in the ACC title game. Klubnik played great, going 20 of 24 for 279 yards and a touchdown in a 39-10 win.
With Klubnik looking like the quarterback of the future — including in the Orange Bowl vs. Tennessee — Uiagalelei decided to pursue other opportunities. A California native, it would make plenty of sense to see Uiagalelei end up back on the West Coast.
Graham Mertz to transfer from Wisconsin
After three years as the starting quarterback at Wisconsin, Graham Mertz is moving on. Mertz announced he will enter the portal Sunday and would have two years of eligibility remaining.
Mertz made 32 starts for the Badgers with mixed results. Wisconsin fired head coach Paul Chryst during the season. Jim Leonhard, Chryst’s defensive coordinator, was the interim coach but the school decided to instead hire Luke Fickell from Cincinnati.
Mertz has thrown for 5,405 yards with 38 touchdowns and 26 interceptions in his career. He has a 19-13 record as Wisconsin's starting quarterback.
Wisconsin went 6-6 this season and is scheduled to face Oklahoma State on Dec. 27 in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl. Wisconsin hasn’t finished with a losing record since 2001.
Other college football players in the transfer portal
Pitt QB Kedon Slovis
UCF QB Mikey Keene
Oklahoma State LB Mason Cobb
Ball State RB Carson Steele
Rhode Island OT Ajani Cornelius
Texas A&M CB Denver Harris
Stanford OT Myles Hinton
Virginia CB Fentrell Cypress
Indiana DE Dasan McCullough
Ole Miss QB Luke Altmyer
Florida State DB Sam McCall
Texas A&M QB Haynes King
Missouri WR Dominic Lovett
Oregon WR Dont’e Thornton
Virginia QB Brennan Armstrong
Texas QB Hudson Card
Texas A&M DL Tunmise Adeleye
Notre Dame QB Drew Pyne
Alabama RB Trey Sanders
Western Michigan DL Braden Fiske
Oklahoma WR Theo Wease
Old Dominion WR Ali Jennings
USF WR Jimmy Horn
Alabama WR Traeshon Holden
Arkansas DB Myles Slusher
Georgia Tech QB Jeff Sims
Wyoming RB Titus Swen
Oregon State QB Chance Nolan
Oregon LB Justin Flowe
Central Michigan QB Daniel Richardson
South Carolina RB Marshawn Lloyd