Every year a transfer quarterback seems to make an impact on their new team. That quarterback is rarely a Russell Wilson — a transfer quarterback who becomes an immediate superstar — but there's usually multiple transfer QB's who at the very least successfully run a new offense for an entire season.
Let's look at the likely candidates to be successful transfer quarterbacks this season. Whether it's a graduate transfer who's going to have the chance to start immediately after playing somewhere else last season or a player who's sat the bench waiting out a transfer year, there's several options from all over the college football landscape.
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Here's a look at the 10 transfer quarterbacks who will be most important to their new teams this year (in no particular order):
Kyle Allen (Jr.) — Houston
Transferred from: Texas A&M
In two seasons for Texas A&M, Allen mostly performed well. He attributed his decision to transfer to the "culture" left behind from the Johnny Manziel era and ended up joining Tom Herman at Houston. Many speculated he would again transfer when Herman left for Texas, but here we are, on the verge of Allen taking the starting job for the Cougars this fall.
Allen has completed 59 percent of his career passes for 3,532 yards, 33 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
Brandon Harris (Sr.) — North Carolina
Transferred from: LSU
Harris was quickly pulled from his starting job at LSU last season. He opened the year as the No. 1 guy but threw two interceptions — including the game sealing pick — against Wisconsin in the season opener, then only attempted four passes in a week two game against FCS Jacksonville State before he was pulled in favor of Danny Etling. He never played another snap for the Tigers.
Now, Harris is looking to rebound and take over the QB1 job at North Carolina, where the Tar Heels just lost the eventual No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Mitchell Trubisky. Harris has never thrown for more than 2,165 yards or 13 touchdowns in the season, but he's expected to step in and lead the Tar Heels this season.
Jarrett Stidham (So.) — Auburn
Transferred from: Baylor
Jarrett Stidham has not taken a traditional path to get to Auburn. He started his college football career at Baylor in 2015 where he saw some action before an injury to Seth Russell pushed him into the staring role. An injury eventually sidelined Stidham for the year.
Amidst the scandal at Baylor and the purging of the coaching staff, Stidham left Baylor, went to McLennan Community College for a year (did not play football) and is now at Auburn, expected to be the day one starter.
In his limited time at Baylor, Stidham completed 75 of 109 passes (68.8 percent) for 1,265 yards, 12 touchdowns and two interceptions. It was limited time, but his numbers indicate Stidham could be one of the most important transfer quarterbacks this year.
Malik Zaire (Sr.) — Florida
Transferred from: Notre Dame
One of the most recent players in all of college football to make his transfer decision, Zaire took his time to figure out his graduate transfer destination before choosing quarterback-starved Florida this spring.
Zaire was never the full-fledged starter for the Fighting Irish, making a few starts over his three seasons of action. An injury in 2015 prevented what would have otherwise been his season to start after Everett Golson's transfer, and Deshone Kizer won the starting job last season.
Now, Zaire will get his chance to start as Florida has had it's own quarterbacks transfer away. Zaire has lofty expectations for a quarterback with 816 career passing yards and six touchdowns.
Max Browne (Sr.) — Pitt
Transferred from: USC
Browne spent most of his collegiate career at USC playing backup to highly touted, potential NFL players. First it was Cody Kessler in 2014 and 2015. Browne initially won the starting job for USC last year, but was eventually benched in favor of Sam Darnold, who went on to have and impressive season.
Browne headed for Pitt as a graduate transfer, and will get the chance to replace the recently drafted Nathan Peterman. Browne has 650 career passing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Tanner Lee (Jr.) — Nebraska
Transferred from: Tulane
Already named the starter at Nebraska for the upcoming season, Tanner Lee spent 2013-2015 at Tulane before sitting out last year per transfer rules. After redshirting in 2013, Lee passed for 3,601 yards, 23 touchdowns and 21 interceptions over his two seasons as the starter for the Green Wave.
The Cornhuskers will want him to cut down on those interceptions, but he will give Nebraska an experienced arm to turn to after the graduation of Tommy Armstrong Jr.
Will Grier (Jr.) — West Virginia
Transferred from: Florida
Grier last played college football in 2015 for the Florida Gators, starting or playing in all of the Gators' first six games before a PED suspension cost him the rest of the season. He transferred to West Virginia after the season, sat out 2016, and is eligible to play beginning this fall.
Grier completed 65.8 percent of his passes for Florida in 2015 for 1,204 yards, 10 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.
Caleb Henderson (Jr.) — Maryland
Transferred from: North Carolina
While he's not yet earned the starting job, Maryland's Caleb Henderson was once the No. 10 high school quarterback prospect in the country, the No. 5 high school player in Virginia, and a North Carolina Tar Heel.
After a redshirt season and some late cleanup action for the Tar Heels in 2014 and 2015, Henderson transferred to Maryland and sat out a year. Now he'll have the chance to earn the starting job as the Terrapins look to replace the graduated Perry Hills.
Blake Barnett (So.) — Arizona State
Transferred from: Alabama
Once expected to be a long-time starter for the Alabama Crimson Tide, Barnett found himself on the outside looking in after struggling for Alabama against USC in the 2016 season opener. Jalen Hurts took over as the starter, and Barnett left the program mid-season.
Barnett won an eligibility appeal and can play in week one when the Sun Devils take on New Mexico State. He'll face competition from Manny Wilkins for the starting job.
Kyle Bolin, Rutgers
Transferred from: Louisville
Bolin heads to Rutgers as a graduate transfer as it's pretty clear he won't see much playing time ahead of Lamar Jackson this season. Bolin started five games for the Cardinals in 2015 before Jackson took over the job, which he's held since.
At Louisville, Bolin threw for 2,104 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions over three seasons. He'll have the chance to start for Rutgers this season, but will need to win the job from Giovanni Rescigno, who started several games last season.