FSU quarterback Jacob Coker (14) and wide receiver Rashad Gholston (13) celebrate after a Coker touchdown during the Maryland at FSU football game at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday, October 5, 2013. FSU won the game 63-0. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel) (Stephen M. Dowell / June 15, 2014)
Jacob Coker’s decision to transfer from Florida State to Alabama provides the Crimson Tide with a talented player that could make an instant impact. Coker leads a group of high-profile transfers who will make an impact on their new respective teams.
The Buzz: A back injury derailed Brewer’s attempts at competing for the starting job with the Red Raiders, but Texas Tech’s loss could be Virginia Tech’s gain after the junior decided to continue his college career with the Hokies. The former three-star, dual-threat quarterback should provide his new coach, Frank Beamer, with an exciting option heading into 2014.
Jacoby Brissett, QB, NC State (from Florida)
The Buzz: After losing the starting job to Jeff Driskel at Florida in 2012, Brissett made the decision to transfer to NC State. The former four-star dual-threat quarterback sat out 2013 per NCAA rules, but he continued to develop his game while working out with the Wolfpack scout team. He’ll step into the starting role this season trying to help NC State improve on a three-win season.
Jacob Coker, QB, Alabama (from Florida State)
The Buzz: Before last season, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said Coker and Jameis Winston were ‘neck-and-neck’ when it came down to who will win the starting quarterback job. Winston went on to win the job and the rest is history. Coker, a three-star pro-style quarterback, returns to his home state of Alabama to lead a Crimson Tide program looking for a suitable replacement for AJ McCarron.
Gunner Kiel, QB, Cincinnati (from Notre Dame)
The Buzz: Kiel was one of the most sought after quarterbacks in the 2012 recruiting class – the overall top quarterback – earning attention from schools like LSU and Oklahoma. In fact, he chose LSU initially before changing his mind and signing with Brian Kelly and Notre Dame. The honeymoon in South Bend didn’t last long and Kiel chose to transfer to Cincinnati and after sitting out 2013, he’ll start in 2014.
Wes Lunt, QB, Illinois (from Oklahoma State)
The Buzz: Lunt provides Illinois with a proven commodity at quarterback after seeing action in six games for the Cowboys in 2012. It was with Oklahoma State where the former four-star recruit completed close to 62 percent of his passes for 1,108 yards and six touchdowns in his brief stint in Stillwater. After sitting out 2013, he’ll take over the starting job at Illinois in 2014.
Tyler Murphy, QB, Boston College (from Florida)
The Buzz: Thrust into the starting role last season at Florida after starter Jeff Driskel went down with a season-ending injury, Murphy completed 62 percent of his passes for 1,216 yards and six touchdowns in seven games. With Driskel returning in 2014, Murphy transferred to Boston College, reuniting him with former Gators OC Steve Addazio, who recruited the young QB.
Davonte’ Neal, WR, Arizona (from Notre Dame)
The Buzz: A four-star recruit in the 2012 class, Neal signed to play football at Notre Dame, where he was used sparingly. He caught one pass, had one carry and returned one punt before making the decision to transfer to be closer to his daughter in Arizona. After sitting out 2013, Neal will step into the starting lineup for the Wildcats, who feature a four wideout formation in Rich Rodriguez’s spread offense.
Cody Riggs, DB, Notre Dame (from Florida)
The Buzz: Riggs finished fourth in total tackles (51) last season with the Florida Gators including 6.5 tackles for loss. In 40 career games in Gainesville, Riggs amassed more than 107 total tackles and after graduating this spring, decided to transfer to Notre Dame, where he can play this season. He’ll provide the Fighting Irish with a solid presence in the secondary in 2014.
Rushel Shell, RB, West Virginia (from Pittsburgh)
The Buzz: Shell was a top 10 running back in the 2012 class before deciding to play with his native Pittsburgh Panthers. He was second on the team in rushing (641 yards) behind starter Ray Graham and bigger things were expected in 2013. But his decision to leave the school left some scratching their heads before he wound up at West Virginia, where he’ll compete for playing time in a loaded backfield.
Lo Wood, DB, Miami (Ohio) (from Notre Dame)
The Buzz: The cornerback from Apopka is the latest Notre Dame transfer to wind up at Miami (Ohio) joining former teammates Andrew Hendrix, Alex Walsh and his former position coach Chuck Martin – who is the RedHawks new coach. Wood saw limited action with the Fighting Irish and after graduating from the school will have one year of eligibility left.