There are plenty of familiar faces in new places ahead of the 2022 college football season. Earlier this season we summarized the wave of transfers in midfield for next season. Now’s your chance to refresh all the big non-Quarterback transfers since the end of 2021. Here are 20 players in alphabetical order below who we think could make a big impact on their new squad this season.
USC WR Jordan Addison (from Pete)
The 2021 Pelletnikov Prize winner was the biggest transfer outside quarterback from the off-season. Addison and Kenny Pickett had the best passing combination in college football before a season, with Addison scoring 100 passes for 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns. As you can imagine, expectations for a repeat of this performance are very high now that Addison is in attacking Lincoln Riley at USC and will be getting passes from former Oklahoma QB Caleb Williams.
Texas TE Galil Billingsley (from Alabama)
Billingsley is now in Austin after two years of promises and high expectations with Crimson Tide. Billingsley has never seen the field consistently at Tuscaloosa and has only 37 goals for 559 yards and six touchdowns. If he had a breakthrough campaign in 2022, he could easily surpass his career numbers in a single season.
Arkansas S Latavius Priene (from Georgia)
Breney didn’t get the praise that many of his Georgia defensive teammates did, but he was an important part of Bulldog’s deep defense that propelled Georgia to the national title. Brenny played in 12 games in 2021 and included 38 total tackles. Arkansas needs to replace a lot in a defense that was so overburdened in 2021. Brenny will be one of the players they can count on to intervene right away.
Alabama WR Jermaine Burton (from Georgia)
Yes, Burton not only moved on in the conference, but he also went from defending the national champions to the school that Georgia won in the national title game. Burton averaged nearly 20 yards in 2021 as a major bulldog offense threat. He had 26 passes for 497 yards and five touchdowns. He should reprise this role in Alabama.
LSU RB Noah Cain (from Pennsylvania)
Former Nittany Lion is looking to get his college football career back on track in Baton Rouge. Cain ran for 443 yards and eight TDs on just 84 cars in 2019 and hasn’t come close to total yards for the past two seasons combined. Cain suffered a knee injury in the first game of the 2020 season after just three campaigns and had 350 yards and four TDs in 2021. There is a chance to grab it at the LSU backfield after Tyrion Davis-Price was drafted by the 49ers.
Utah LB Mahmoud Diabat (from Florida)
Utah needs to replace linebacker Devin Lloyd who does it all and Diabate could be one of the people to do that. Florida’s defense was badly damaged in 2021 but Diabatti led the team with 89 tackles and had 2.5 tackles to lose. He will also play in Gainesville to open his career in Utah. The Utes are visiting Florida for one of the best games of their opening weekend.
USC RB Travis Dye (from Oregon)
Dye has been a big part of the Oregon offensive over the past four seasons. What is the extent of specialization? He blasted for 3,111 yards while grabbing 83 catches for 869 yards in his career in Oregon. His best season came in 2021 when he regained the team advantage and had 211 holds for 1,271 yards and 16 TDs to go along with 46 catches and 402 yards. Don’t let Dye’s addition to USC’s offense fly under the radar.
Ole Miss RB Zach Evans (from TCU)
Evans played in only 15 games in two seasons in TCU but made a huge impact when he was on the field. He rushed for 1,063 yards in those games and averaged over seven yards. Evans ended up in TCU after initially signing with Georgia as a five-star student. He’s now on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and is scheduled to start with Geryon Eli now in the NFL. He could be an excellent threat in Lane Kevin’s offense.
Alabama RB Jahmyr Gibbs (from Georgia Tech)
Jameson Williams showed just how much of an impact a transition can have on the Alabama attack in 2021. Is it Jimmy Gibbs’ turn in 2022? The previous yellow jacket rushed for 746 yards on 143 buggies, and had 465 yards in 2021 for Georgia Tech. It’s safe to say that Gibbs’ support team will be a lot better in Tuscaloosa than they were in Atlanta. And he could be an all-purpose guy that offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien uses in myriad ways.
Alabama WR Tyler Harrell (from Louisville)
Harrell only had 18 hits in 2021, but he’s on this list because six of them went downhill and he averaged 29 yards on the catch. It was an example of a deep threat in the Louisville attack and would be a field stretcher for Tide Island. He can also return kicks and might see some time there as well. With Harrell and Burton in and out of the lineup, Alabama may be hoping to replace Jameson Williams’ lower production with two receivers.
Arkansas WR Jadon Haslewood (from Oklahoma)
Haselwood had the most catches of any receiver in Oklahoma in 2021 as Caleb Williams and Spencer Rattler spread the ball around. Haselwood had 39 catches for 399 yards and led the team with six touchdown catches. It could immediately be the best receiver in Arkansas as the Razorbacks look to replace the Treylon Burks game industry.
Oregon RB Marquis Irving (from Minnesota)
Irving ended up being a necessary part of the Minnesota attack in 2021 after Mo Ibrahim fell during the first game of the season. Irving finished the season as the second major in Minnesota with 699 yards on 133 buggies as a true freshman. It could be the Oregon summit in 2022 with Day’s departure for Southern Cal.
Kentucky RP Ramon Jefferson (from Sam Houston)
Jefferson has a chance to be a standout candidate in the Kentucky Slam. Major Chris Rodriguez returns from 2021 but was arrested for DWI in the spring and is likely to miss the start of the season. The backcourt in Kentucky was crowded behind Rodriguez, but Jefferson rushed for 1,155 yards and 13 touchdowns for a strong Sam Houston center in the FCS in 2021. The UK is Jefferson’s fourth school after he originally signed with Maine in 2017.
Notre Dame Brandon Joseph (from the northwest)
Joseph could immediately be one of Notre Dame’s best defensive players in 2022. The former Northwestern security team did a bit of everything in 2021. He was third in the team with 79 tackles, got a sack and was also the only Wildcat with more than One interception during the season. It’s too simplistic to say that he will be a direct replacement for Kyle Hamilton, but he could play a similar role in Marcus Freeman’s defence.
Nebraska de Ochaun Mathis (from TCU)
Mattis has played games in four seasons with the Horned Frogs, and could be the arrogant player Nebraska desperately needs to get to the pot in 2022. Mattis has 26 career tackles to lose and 12.5 sacks and has had at least 40 tackles in each of the past three seasons. His best season came in 2020 when he played 12.5 tackles to lose and eight sacks in 10 games.
Ohio State S. Tanner McAllister (from Oklahoma)
McAllister switched one from OSU to another as he followed defensive coordinator Jim Knowles from Stillwater to Columbus. McAllister will be a major part of the Buckeyes transition to the Knowles chart as he has been a major player at Oklahoma State for the past three seasons. He had 11 defensive passes and 83 tackles during the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
Alabama CB Eli Rex (from LSU)
The former five-star recruit appeared in 14 games in two seasons at LSU. He had four interceptions when he was a rookie in 2020 and one in six games in 2021. Rex should immediately see his high school playing time in Alabama in a long line of defending Tide defenders.
Cal LB Jackson Sermon (from Washington)
Simon made his way onto the West Coast in the off-season and should immediately enter as Cal’s best defender in 2022. Simon played in 12 games for Husky in 2021 and has 91 tackles and four tackles to lose in a season that Washington fans ultimately want. to forget. His father is former NFL quarterback Peter Sermon and Peter is Cal’s defensive coordinator.
Florida State De Jared Ferris (from Albany)
Verse has been a bumper in his two years at Albany and will be counted on to keep that production high while it jumps to a higher level. Verse recorded 14.5 sacks and 21.5 interventions for loss at Albany and was also forced to fumble twice. With Jermaine Johnson now with the New York Jets, FSU needs someone to constantly go after their quarterback.
USC WR Mario Williams (Oklahoma)
Williams was one of the Jewels of the Oklahoma Recruitment Class of 2021. The receiver was a five-star recruit and the No. 2 wide receiver in the country. He made an immediate impact, too, with 35 catches for 380 yards and four touchdowns. He may not be the No. 2 wide receiver in Los Angeles right away, but he could be USC’s next big star in 2023.