Several teams relying on transfers at QB

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 27, 2014 at 2:35 pm •  Published: August 27, 2014
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There will be familiar faces playing quarterback at some not-so-familiar places this season.

Here are several quarterbacks who transferred and will be making debuts with their new teams this year:

Michael Brewer, Virginia Tech: A preseason back injury hindered Brewer's hopes of emerging as Texas Tech's starting quarterback last year, and he assumed a backup role upon his return. With Davis Webb entrenched as Texas Tech's starter, Brewer headed to Virginia Tech. He has two years of eligibility remaining and can play immediately since he already has graduated. Brewer beat out senior Mark Leal for the right to start Virginia Tech's season opener Saturday against William & Mary.

Jacoby Brissett, North Carolina State: Brissett made three career starts at Florida, but he fell behind Jeff Driskel on the depth chart and decided to look elsewhere. After sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer rules, Brissett will make his debut performance for North Carolina State on Saturday when the Wolfpack host Georgia Southern. Brissett threw for 365 yards and two touchdowns in the spring game. He wants to rejuvenate a North Carolina State team that went winless in ACC competition last season.

Jake Coker, Alabama: Coker backed up Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston at Florida State for most of last year before undergoing season-ending knee surgery in November. With Winston back at Florida State this year, Coker returned to his home state and transferred to Alabama. Coker has two years of eligibility remaining and can play immediately because he already has graduated. Coker, who attended the same Mobile high school as former Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron, is competing with senior Blake Sims. Alabama coach Nick Saban still hasn't declared a starter for Saturday's opener against West Virginia.

Gunner Kiel, Cincinnati: Kiel, a former five-star recruit, hopes he's finally found a home in Cincinnati. Kiel committed to Indiana and LSU in the recruiting process before signing with Notre Dame, where his uncle Blair had played from 1980-83. But he spent only one year at Notre Dame before transferring. After sitting out the 2013 season due to NCAA transfer rules, Kiel went 17 of 22 and threw for 300 yards in the Bearcats' spring game. Kiel will have to wait a while to make his Cincinnati debut. The Bearcats don't open the season until Sept. 12, when they host Toledo.

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