Transfers to watch: quarterbacks

For every Ryan Mallett, there is a Mitch Mustain. Sometimes moving from one program to another, like Mallett did when he transferred to Arkansas from Michigan, can be the best thing to happen for a player’s career. Other times, like Mustain, who left Arkansas for the sunny skies of Los Angeles and USC, a player struggles to get onto the field in his new program. Today, the National Football Post looks at some of the notable quarterback transfers who will be lining up under center in 2010 for a school they did not originally enroll in.

Quarterbacks

Robert Marve, Purdue: Robert Marve likely wants to forget about his career at Miami (FL). There was a car crash that forced him to redshirt the 2007 season, an arrest on two misdemeanor charges and two suspensions that caused him to miss two games in 2008. When he arrived on campus at Purdue, he was expecting a fresh start. All he received, however, was another setback after tearing his ACL in summer workouts last year. Finally back to 100 percent physically, and with questions about his maturity no longer an issue, Marve is prepared to be under center when the Boilermakers open the season at Notre Dame. He has stayed out of trouble off of the field and is in the best shape of his career, which is huge for a Purdue offense with serious questions at running back after the loss of starter Ralph Bolden to a torn ACL midway through the spring. The talented Marve shared the team’s Newcomer Award for spring and is excited to show off his big arm to Big Ten defenses in the fall. He even was awarded another weapon this week with the reinstatement of Justin Siller, who should see time at running back and wide receiver.

Stats at Miami (FL):

2008: 116 completions in 213 attempts (54.5%) for 1,293 yards with 9 TDs and 13 INTs.

Willy Korn, Marshall: While it will fly under the radar because Marshall doesn’t play in a BCS conference, the right to start at quarterback for the Thundering Herd will be one of the most intriguing storylines when fall camp arrives. Former Clemson quarterback Willy Korn will step into a three-way battle for the starting job with incumbent Brian Anderson and redshirt freshman A.J. Graham after the graduate transfer finishes his studies at the South Carolina school. First-year Thundering Herd head coach Doc Holliday stated at the beginning of spring that the job was Anderson’s to lose, but Graham’s play improved steadily throughout spring drills, likely closing the gap between the two. But what happens when the 6-2, 215-pounder brings his degree and past starting experience to Huntington?

Stats at Clemson:

2007: 8 completions in 11 attempts (72.7%) for 100 yards with 1 TD and 0 INTs.
2008: 26 completions in 38 attempts (68.4%) for 216 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT.
2009: 12 completions in 17 attempts (70.6%) for 90 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT.

Steven Threet, Arizona State: It was pretty much a foregone conclusion that Michigan transfer Steven Threet was going to be Arizona State's starting quarterback in the fall, but sophomore Brock Osweiler practiced and played more consistently than Threet most of the spring and has a good chance to be under center for the Sun Devils’ opener. Threet didn’t help himself with a disastrous performance in the team’s spring game, where he tossed three interceptions on 9-of-27 passing for 117 yards. Osweiler didn’t light up the scoreboard, either, completing 17 of 33 passes for 151 yards with a pick, but he did lead the offense to its only touchdown. Both quarterbacks will have to hold off Samson Szakacsy in the fall, who sat out spring drills while recovering from injury. No matter who ultimately wins the job for the opener, expect to see all three in the lineup at some point, as the Sun Devils’ offense ranked eighth in the Pac-10 in scoring (22.3 ppg), ninth in total offense and ninth in passing efficiency in ‘09. They should be improved in 2010, but I’m not sure they have enough weapons to make any of these signal-callers look great.

Stats at Michigan:

2008: 102 completions in 200 attempts (51.0%) for 1,105 yards with 9 TDs and 7 INTs.

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