SEC quarterback transfers nothing new

Quarterback is a delicate position. Good ones are hard to find and sometimes harder to keep on campus. Just last week, former ESPN 300 signal-caller Jacob Park announced that he was transferring after just one full season at Georgia.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity but now look forward to what's next in my college career," Park said in a release.

This is not a new trend. Since 2010, Park is the 10th ESPN 300 quarterback to transfer away from the SEC. And that doesn’t include the countless others who have signed with SEC schools and transferred after falling behind on the depth chart.

Here’s a look back at some of the quarterback transfers in the last five years.

Class of 2010

Phillip Sims, Alabama

Rank (ESPN 300): No. 32

Analysis: Sims signed with Alabama with the belief he could beat out AJ McCarron for the starting job. There was a time when it looked he might. The two were co-starters heading into the 2011 season. But McCarron started every game that season and led the Crimson Tide a national championship. The next spring, Sims transferred back home to Virginia

Where are they now: After stints at Virginia and Winston-Salem State, Sims recently signed with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent.


Matt Joeckel, Texas A&M (transferred to TCU)

Jameill Showers, Texas A&M (transferred to UTEP)

Jacoby Walker, Arkansas (transferred to Central Arkansas)

Class of 2011

Jeff Driskel, Florida

Rank: No. 10

Analysis: There was no shortage of opportunities for Driskel at Florida. He played as a freshman, started 12 games as a sophomore and started three games as a junior before he broke his leg. He returned as the guy last year but ultimately gave way to freshman Treon Harris midway through the season. He did finish on a high note, leading the Gators to a victory in the bowl game.

Where are they now: After the season, Driskel transferred to Louisiana Tech where he’s eligible to play immediately and is expected to start this fall for the Bulldogs.

Kiehl Frazier, Auburn

Rank: No. 47

Analysis: Frazier’s career at Auburn got off to a promising start. He rushed for 327 yards as a freshman quarterback and won the starting job his sophomore year. But after struggling early in the season, he wound up losing the job. The next spring, new coach Gus Malzahn moved him to defense to try and get him on the field, but it never worked out.

Where are they now: Last fall, Frazier played his final season at Ouachita Baptist University where he threw for 2,051 yards, rushed for 702 yards, scored a combined 23 touchdowns and led the Tigers to a 10-1 record.

Christian LeMay, Georgia

Rank: No. 100

Analysis: Many thought LeMay would be the one to take over for Aaron Murray when Murray gradated, but the ESPN 150 star never could break through on the depth chart. He stayed three years at Georgia, appeared in five games and attempted two passes, but he transferred after the 2013 season.

Where are they now: LeMay will be a senior at Jackonsville State this fall and is expected to back up starting quarterback Eli Jenkins.

Jerrard Randall, LSU

Rank: No. 126

Analysis: At one time, Randall was committed to Oregon along with fellow quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Johnny Manziel. At the last minute, he switched his commitment and signed with LSU. Randall redshirted his first year and didn’t play at all his second year. It was shortly after that second year that he transferred to Northeast Mississippi CC.

Where are they now: Randall is the primary backup to Anu Solomon at Arizona. He appeared in five games last season and though he did not attempt a pass, he ran the ball 15 times for 104 yards.


Jacoby Brissett, Florida (transferred to NC State)

Phillip Ely, Alabama (transferred to Toledo)

Maikhail Miller, Ole Miss (transferred to Murray State)

Stephen Rivers, LSU (transferred to Vanderbilt)

Class of 2012

Matt Davis, Texas A&M

Rank: No. 107

Analysis: After redshirting his first year at Texas A&M, Davis entered 2013 as one of three quarterbacks vying to back up Johnny Manziel. Before the season began, he opted to transfer to Tyler Junior College. Ironically, all three of those quarterbacks -- Davis, Matt Joeckel and Kenny Hill -- have transferred.

Where are they now: After a year at Tyler JC, Davis signed with SMU. He started five games last fall and threw for 855 yards and three touchdowns. He’s currently battling with true freshman Ben Hicks for the starting job under new coach Chad Morris.


Skyler Mornhinweg, Florida (transferred to Columbia)

Nathan Peterman, Tennessee (transferred to Pittsburgh)

Zeke Pike, Auburn (transferred to Louisville)

Jalen Whitlow, Kentucky (transferred to Eastern Illinois)

Class of 2013

Riley Ferguson, Tennessee

Rank: No. 212

Analysis: When Butch Jones took over as head coach in December 2012, Ferguson was already committed to Tennessee. That didn’t stop the new coach from signing another quarterback, Joshua Dobbs, in the class. An injury forced Ferguson to redshirt his freshman year, and he fell behind Dobbs on the depth chart. He transferred the next spring.

Where are they now: Ferguson is expected to be the starting quarterback at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College this fall.

Hayden Rettig, LSU

Rank: No. 217

Analysis: Rettig arrived at LSU in the same class as fellow quarterback Anthony Jennings. The coaches were hoping one of those two would eventually take over for Zach Mettenberger. Rettig not only fell behind Jennings on the depth chart, but he also fell behind true freshman Brandon Harris last spring. After a brief appearance in the spring game, he opted to transfer.

Where are they now: After sitting out last season, Rettig is competing with Chris Laviano for the starting quarterback job at Rutgers.

Max Staver, Florida

Rank: No. 264

Analysis: When Staver signed with Florida, Brent Pease was the offensive coordinator. That changed after his freshman season. Pease was let go, and Kurt Roper took over. The Gators went from a multiple offense to a zone-read offense, and that didn’t fit Staver’s game. He transferred shortly after his first season in Gainesville.

Where are they now: After a year at Tyler JC, Staver transferred to Houston Baptist University in January and will have three seasons of eligibility.


Luke Del Rio, Alabama (transferred to Oregon State)

Kenny Hill, Texas A&M (transferred to TCU)

Trent Hosick, Missouri (transferred to Arizona Western College)

Parker McLeod, Alabama (transferred to Western Kentucky)