(BVM) – The end of the 2022 season brought forth the most chaotic transfer period the NCAA has ever seen. With players swapping from both small and major college programs, the nearly month-long period resulted in what some have dubbed a college free agency. Big names found themselves in new situations as quarterbacks from around the country looked for a chance at starting spots.
CFB FBS Percentage Breakdown
The percentage of players who entered and signed with a new program after the first window of the transfer portal.
— Transfer Portal for Playing Time (@TP4PT) January 24, 2023
While new coaching hires played a major hand in some of the roster turnover, some schools opted for quality over quantity as they tried to lock down the missing pieces of their roster. The period has added even more intrigue for teams around the country, with first-hand examples like USC, who enjoyed a return to glory following the transfer additions of quarterback Caleb Williams and wide receiver Jordan Addison in 2022.
All of the Power 5 and Group of 5 conferences had a hand in making headlines in the portal but these five teams found themselves on the outside looking in.