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Ranking the Quarterback Transfer Portal Options for the Huskers

Who are the best options for Nebraska in the Transfer Portal

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 10 Coastal Carolina at Appalachian State Photo by David Jensen/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Following the quarterback performances witnessed this season, it is evident that Matt Rhule must jump into the transfer portal in search of next year’s starting quarterback. This guide aims to shed light on available quarterbacks and identify the best fit for the Huskers. Given the volatile nature of the transfer portal, regular updates will ensure the information remains current.

We’ll Take, but They’re Headed to a Championship Contender

Cam Ward, Washington State

Ward is no stranger to the transfer portal as he followed his coach Eric Morris from Incarnate Word to Washington State. While with the Cougars the past two years he threw for 7,165 yards and had 61 total touchdowns. Ward is not ruling out declaring for the NFL Draft.

DJ Uiagalelei, Oregon State

After a couple of disappointing seasons with Clemson, DJ Uiagalelei found success at Oregon State. With his coach leaving and the Beavers dropping down in competition, DJ finds himself looking for a new school. Look for DJ to potentially stay on the West Coast and play for an offense that is more NFL ready.

Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina

As perfect for Nebraska as Grayson McCall would be, he’s likely looking to go to a school that he can win big at. But man I’d love to see him running the option in Lincoln.

Riley Leonard, Duke

For the early part of the 2023 season Leonard and the Blue Devils were the toast of college football, until Leonard was limited to only 7 games because of injuries. However in 2022 Leonard had an impressive 33:6 touchdown to interception ratio. With Leonard’s coach Mike Elko now at A&M you have to wonder if he’ll follow.

Dante Moore, UCLA

A former 5 Star prospect showed a lot of promise starting for the Bruins but inconsistency led to him being benched. With Bo Nix gone after this year, could Moore go to the Ducks where he was once committed? But keep an eye on Michigan State as Moore is from Detroit and Jonathan Smith did wonders with DJ Uiagalelei this season.

Realistic Options

1. Will Howard, Kansas State

Last season Kansas State got their transfer quarterback from Nebraska, can we return the favor and bring Howard to Nebraska? Even in a down year, Howard ranked 3rd in the Big 12 in total yards this past season. Nebraska will have their hands full trying to lure Howard to Lincoln, but maybe former teammate Adrian Martinez can help facilitate the move.

2. MJ Morris, NC State

In four games played last year, Morris threw for 719 yards and 7 touchdowns in three wins. But what could alarm Husker fans is that Morris also threw 5 interceptions in those four games. Morris has three years of eligibility, does Nebraska want a long term solution or a quick one year rental? Something to consider is that Nebraska was in Morris’ top 3 when he committed to NC State.

3. AJ Swann, Vanderbilt

You might not know much about AJ Swann, but that’s because he played at Vanderbilt. Not only does Swann have good size at 6’3 230 pounds but also has a strong arm and is a solid athlete. Could he thrive in a program that isn’t overmatched every single game?

4. Tyler Van Dyke, Miami

As redshirt freshman Van Dyke won ACC Rookie of the Year throwing for 2,931 yards, 25 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions. Since then Van Dyke has had to learn two new systems and while struggling in 2022 before having a solid season this past year throwing for 2703 yards and 19 touchdowns. But what is concerning is that Van Dyke threw 15 interceptions this past year.

5. Will Rogers, Mississippi State

Under Mike Leach, Will Rogers was one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC leading the conference in yards per game in both 2021 and 2022. A shoulder injury and new system led to some struggles this season. While I’d love to have Rogers, you have to wonder if he’s looking to join an Air Raid system. Wisconsin could be a possibility.

6. Max Brosmer, New Hampshire

From the state of Georgia, Brosmer wasn’t highly recruited and ended up in the FCS. Brosmer led all of FCS in passing, throwing for over 6,613 yards with 56 touchdowns.

7. Matthew Sluka, Holy Cross

A dual threat quarterback, Sluka led the FCS in rushing yards as a quarterback and nearly led an upset over Boston College. Sluka is more of a runner but has a decent enough arm. If Nebraska wants to continue to have a dual threat option, Sluka could very well be a great fit.

8. Tyler Shough, Texas Tech

Shough has had success both at Oregon and Texas Tech throwing for 4,625 yards and 36 touchdowns in 27 career games. While he has the talent, injuries have really limited Shough throughout his career and he hasn’t played a full season in three years. Last year the Huskers took Sims who had a coaching connection to Rhule, could Shough do the same playing for former Rhule assistant Joey McGuire?

Keep an Eye On

Gerry Bohanon, South Florida and Blake Shapen, Baylor

What about the two former Baylor quarterbacks? Bohanon was on the roster when Matt Rhule was at Baylor while Shapen committed to the Bears as Rhule left to the Panthers.

EJ Warner, Temple

The Warner’s have a connection to Nebraska as EJ’s older brother is former Husker receiver Kade Warner. Warner played well this past year at Temple and is ready to move up to the Power 5 level. But you have to wonder if the Warner family is still fans of the Husker program? As Kade transferred it didn’t seem like dad Kurt was a big fan. But that was the previous staff.