Five players who moved on
Former Oklahoma quarterback Kendal Thompson chose to graduate and transfer to Utah, where he’ll be immediately eligible with two more years to play.
Thompson took advantage of a special NCAA rule that allows athletes who have completed their undergraduate degrees to transfer without having to sit out a season, provided the player enrolls in a graduate program not offered by his former school.
Here’s a look at five memorable graduate transfers since the option became available in 2006:
•School switch: N.C. State to Wisconsin
•What happened: Wilson led N.C. State to a 9-4 record his junior year in 2010, but decided to give up football and pursue a professional baseball career. When that didn’t work out, N.C. State granted him a release, he graduated and transferred to Wisconsin. Wilson led the Badgers to a Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl victory in his only year there. Wilson, of course, became the Seattle Seahawks’ starting quarterback as a rookie in 2012, and just this month led Seattle to a Super Bowl title.
•School switch: Oklahoma to Syracuse
•What happened: Allen dropped to third on the OU depth chart behind Landry Jones and Blake Bell in 2012, so he opted to graduate and transfer to Syracuse last summer. Allen was named the Orange’s starter out of fall camp, but struggled and lost his job after a few weeks.
•School switch: Utah to Florida
•What happened: Smith played for coach Urban Meyer at Utah as a freshman in 2004, but after Meyer took the Florida job, Smith didn’t get along with the new coaching staff. He graduated early in the summer of 2006, transferred to Florida and led the national-champion Gators with eight interceptions during his only season there.
•School switch: Oregon to Ole Miss
•What happened: Masoli had a couple stellar seasons as Oregon’s starter, but in March 2010, pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary. After a drug possession citation a few months later, he was booted from the team. Masoli had already graduated, though, and transferred to Ole Miss, where he played the entire 2010 season.
•School switch: Kansas to Oklahoma State
•What happened: Patmon started 32 games in three seasons at Kansas before graduating and transferring to Oklahoma State for his senior year in 2013. Patmon appeared in all 13 games for the 10-3 Cowboys, returning a fumble 78 yards for a touchdown in the Cowboys’ 49-17 rout of eventual Big 12 champion Baylor.
By Jason Kersey