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#TransferPortalSZN: Looking At The Top Free Agent QBs In College Football

The free agent quarterback market this year is nothing short of impressive. Plenty of big names across the country are entering their names into THE TRANSFER PORTAL in hopes of finding greener pastures elsewhere. Here are five big time targets to keep your eyes out for:

Brandon Wimbush

Former school: Notre Dame

Eligibility remaining: 1 year

Career statistics: 50.5 percent completion percentage, 2,606 passing yards, 20 passing touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 1,156 rushing yards, 16 rushing touchdowns

Info: Coming out of high school, Wimbush was the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the country in the class of 2015. After appearing in mop-up duty in two games during his freshman season, Wimbush took a redshirt in 2016. Wimbush took over the starting job in 2017 where he went on to have a pretty decent season (1,870 passing yards, 16 passing touchdowns, 804 rushing yards, and 14 rushing touchdowns). Wimbush started the first three games for the Fighting Irish this season, but after back-to-back mediocre performances against Ball State and Vanderbilt, he was benched in favor of junior Ian Book.

Ben Hicks

Former school: SMU

Eligibility remaining: 1 year

Career statistics: 56.7 percent completion percentage, 9,081 passing yards, 71 passing touchdowns, 34 interceptions

Info: Hicks was just a three-star prospect and only had two Power 5 offers coming out of high school. But Hicks certainly doesn’t play like a three-star. In just three years, Hicks broke the SMU school passing yards record. He has thrown for just over 9,000 yards and 71 touchdowns, but he also has an interception problem that has earned him the nickname “Pick Six Hicks.” During his three seasons as the starter, Hicks threw 34 interceptions (seven last season). Hicks certainly has the arm talent and I think if a coaching staff is able to help him read defenses better, he could turn into a major weapon.

Jalen Hurts

Former school: Alabama

Eligibility remaining: 1 year

Career statistics: 62.9 percent completion percentage, 5,626 passing yards, 48 passing touchdowns, 12 interceptions, 1,976 rushing yards, 23 rushing touchdowns

Info: Hurts had an incredible, record-breaking season his first year in Tuscaloosa. The then freshman threw for 2,780 yards and rushed for nearly 1,000. This spectacular performance broke many school records and earned him many post-season accolades including All-American honors. After following up his amazing freshman season with an equally impressive sophomore season, Hurts looked like he was untouchable as the starter. . .until the second half of the National Championship Game versus Georgia. After a mediocre first half performance, Alabama elected to bench Hurts in favor of true freshman Tua Tagovailoa. Tua remained the starter for the entirety of the 2018 season leading to Hurts’ decision to transfer.

Tate Martell

Former school: Ohio State

Eligibility remaining: 3 years

Career statistics: 82.1 percent completion percentage, 269 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, 0 interceptions, 128 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns

Info: Martell was the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2017. After redshirting his freshman season, Martell appeared in mop-up duty on six different occasions during the 2018 season. Martell put his name in the NCAA transfer portal after Georgia QB Justin Fields announced his transfer to Ohio State just last week. Martell is a raw talent with three years of eligibility left, making him a very valuable target.

Shane Beuchele

Former school: Texas

Eligibility remaining: 2 years

Career statistics: 62.2 percent completion percentage, 4,636 passing yards, 30 passing touchdowns, 16 interceptions, 268 rushing yards, 4 rushing touchdowns

Info: Beuchele started his career off strong for the Longhorns with an impressive freshman season. But after multiple injuries kept him sidelined in 2017, Texas decided to bench him in favor of Sam Ehlinger. Beuchele is certainly a talented quarterback, but his injury history could make teams take a second guess.

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