Nov 11, 2023; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide mascot Big Al waves to the crowd during the third quarter against the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Field. Mandatory Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Newly enrolled Alabama QB Julian Sayin to enter portal

Incoming Crimson Tide quarterback Julian Sayin, a top-ranked 2024 recruit, intends to detour to the transfer portal and leave Alabama before spring practices begin, ESPN reported Friday.

Sayin enrolled at Alabama on Jan. 10, heading to Tuscaloosa with the expectation he would play under head coach Nick Saban, per the report. With the recent retirement of the legendary coach, Sayin will look at other options.

The five-star recruit from Carlsbad, Calif., committed to Alabama on Nov. 22, 2022, and had 25 total offers, including from Ohio State, LSU and Texas.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Sayin is the top offensive player in ESPN’s Class of 2024 rankings. 247Sports lists him as the No. 3 quarterback and the No. 21 overall player.

Sayin finished his three-year career at Carlsbad High School with 7,824 yards, 85 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He was the MVP of the Elite 11 finals before his senior season.

New Alabama head coach Kalen DeBoer lost at least nine players to the transfer portal since he arrived from Washington, including standout wide receiver Isaiah Bond and Caleb Downs, an All-American safety as a freshman.

Quarterback Jalen Milroe, the 2023 starter under Saban, is returning to Alabama this fall and said he’s excited to play in DeBoer’s offense. Quarterback Austin Mack, who redshirted at Washington last season, transferred to Alabama on Thursday to play for his former coach.

–Field Level Media

Nov 25, 2023; Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; Maryland Terrapins quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa (3) scores a rushing touchdown during the first half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at SHI Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Taulia Tagovailoa enters transfer portal

Taulia Tagovailoa, formerly the quarterback at Alabama and Maryland, has entered the NCAA transfer portal as a graduate transfer, multiple outlets reported Friday.

Tagovailoa started his career with the Crimson Tide in 2019, then followed his offensive coordinator, Mike Locksley, to Maryland when the latter became head coach there.

He started the past three seasons for Maryland, throwing for a Big Ten-record 11,356 yards. He also is first in Terrapins program history in career completions (955), single-season completions (328 in 2021), career completion percentage (67.1 percent), single-season completion percentage (69.2 percent in 2021), career passing touchdowns (76) and single-season passing passing yards (3,860 in 2021).

Tagovailoa opted out of the Music City Bowl vs. Auburn, presumably to ready for the upcoming NFL draft.

Should he transfer, he will need to petition the NCAA for an extra year of eligibility. His five games played in his freshman season at Alabama exceed the four allowed for a redshirt season.

He is the younger brother of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

–Field Level Media

Oct 7, 2023; Columbia, Missouri, USA; A general view of a LSU Tigers helmet against the Missouri Tigers during the first half at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

LSU OT Lance Heard in portal after skipping bowl

Former five-star offensive tackle Lance Heard is leaving LSU.

The top signing in the Tigers’ 2023 recruiting class is entering the transfer portal after one season, per multiple reports.

Heard played in 12 games for LSU, including one start at right tackle on Oct. 21 against Army.

He did not travel to Tampa, Fla., with LSU for Monday’s 35-31 win over Wisconsin in the ReliaQuest Bowl.

The 6-foot-6, 340-pound native of Monroe, La., was ranked 15th in the Class of 2023 by the 247Sports composite.

–Field Level Media

Nov 25, 2023; West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; Purdue Boilermakers linebacker Nic Scourton (5) reacts after bringing down Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Brendan Sorsby (15) during the second half at Ross-Ade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Purdue pass-rusher Nic Scourton to transfer

Purdue outside linebacker Nic Scourton, the Big Ten’s leader in sacks this season, is entering the transfer portal, The Athletic reported Tuesday.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pound sophomore from Bryan, Texas, tallied 10 sacks, 15 tackles for loss, 50 tackles and 28 quarterback hits in 11 games for the Boilermakers in 2023.

Scourton, 19, excelled in big games, recording two sacks against Michigan and a sack and a forced fumble versus Ohio State.

Scourton registered two sacks and 22 tackles in 14 games during his first season in West Lafayette, Ind., in 2022.

The former four-star recruit was previously known as Nic Caraway before changing his last name this season to honor his father.

–Field Level Media

Sep 23, 2023; Stanford, California, USA; Arizona Wildcats quarterback Jayden de Laura (7) passes against the Stanford Cardinal during the first quarter at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona QB Jayde de Laura entering transfer portal

Arizona quarterback Jayden de Laura, who lost his starting job to Noah Fifita following an injury, will enter the transfer portal, he announced Monday on social media.

A fourth-year junior, de Laura wrote on X (formerly Twitter) that he will remain with the No. 14 Wildcats (9-3) for their game against No. 12 Oklahoma (10-2) in the Alamo Bowl on Thursday in San Antonio, Texas.

“On Friday, college football made a decision to allow a second undergraduate transfer,” de Laura posted on X, formerly Twitter. “I appreciate my time at the University of Arizona, but the opportunity to return as a starter my final year of college, while also getting my degree, is something I must explore.

“I want to thank Coach (Jedd) Fisch and Mrs. Fisch for (all) they had done for me these past two years,” he added. “Thank you guys for helping me not grow as just a football player, but also as a student and a man.”

De Laura was the starter through the fourth game Sept. 23 at Stanford, when he sustained an ankle injury. Redshirt freshman Noah Fifita came in and Arizona won to improve to 3-1.

Though listed as the starter, de Laura played behind Fifita and appeared in seven games, completing 89 of 128 passes (69.5 percent) for 1,120 yards and 10 touchdowns along with five interceptions.

Fifita has played in 11 games and completed 217 of 295 (73.6 percent) for 2,515 yards, 23 TDs and five picks. He was named the Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year.

An All-Pac-12 honorable mention as a sophomore in 2022, de Laura started all 12 games in his first season with the Wildcats and threw for 3,685 yards (14th in NCAA FBS) and 25 touchdowns.

He had played two seasons at Washington State, where he was the 2021 Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year.

–Field Level Media

Dec 31, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back CJ Stokes (23) against the TCU Horned Frogs during the 2022 Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Transfer Roundup: Michigan RB CJ Stokes enters portal

Michigan running back CJ Stokes became the first Wolverines player this season to enter his name into the transfer portal.

Stokes, who will have three years of eligibility remaining, announced his decision on X on Monday morning. He had only four carries for eight yards in two games this season.

“I’d like to not only thank Coach Harbaugh and Coach (Mike) Hart, but the whole athletic and academic staff for making by 2 years in Ann Arbor enjoyable,” Stokes wrote. “I was awarded the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the great university and I am forever grateful.

“With that being said, I’d like to announce I’ll be entering the transfer portal.”

Stokes rushed for 273 yards on 55 carries with one touchdown as a true freshman in 2022. However, he saw a very limited workload in a crowded backfield led by Blake Corum along with Donovan Edwards and Kalel Mullings.

Corum and Edwards are expected to depart for the NFL, but Michigan also has freshmen Benjamin Hall and Cole Cabana along with Leon Franklin and Tavierre Dunlap. Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh could also seek additional backfield help through the transfer portal.

–Michigan State linebacker Jacoby Windmon has entered his name into the transfer portal and will have one year of eligibility remaining as a fifth-year senior.

Windmon joined the Spartans from UNLV following the 2021 season and recorded 49 tackles, including 10.5 tackles loss, along with 5.5 sacks last year. That was despite missing the final four games due to a suspension for his role in a post-game altercation with Michigan players.

Windmon had 15 tackles and a sack before missing the final nine games of this season due to a reported pectoral injury, allowing him to take a redshirt year. Windmon has 233 career tackles in 41 games between his time at UNLV and Michigan State.

–Former Georgia state running back Marcus Carroll announced he will transfer to Missouri after rushing for 1,350 yards and 13 touchdowns on 274 carries this season. A former three-star recruit, Carroll will help fill the void created by departing seniors Cody Schrader and Nathaniel Peat.

–Tennessee cornerback Doneiko Slaughter announced Sunday night that he will leave the program after playing in 43 games over the past four years. He has 87 career tackles, including 32 this season despite missing two games.

“Expressing my gratitude for the tremendous support, development and love I’ve experienced during my time at the University of Tennessee,” Slaughter posted on X. “The relationships I’ve built with my brothers and staff have been invaluable, contributing significantly to my growth as both an athlete and individual. The support from Volnation has made this university feel like a home.

“However, after careful consideration, I have decided to enter my name into the transfer portal. This decision is about my personal growth and aspirations and in no way diminishes the gratitude and love I feel for the University of Tennessee. I am sincerely thankful for the opportunities and memories here.”

–Field Level Media

Apr 15, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, United States;  Ohio State Buckeyes tight end Joe Royer (84) enters the field during warmups for the Ohio State Buckeyes spring game at Ohio Stadium on Saturday morning. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Scheller-The Columbus Dispatch

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Transfer roundup: TE Joe Royer 14th Buckeye to enter portal

Tight end Joe Royer is the latest Ohio State player to enter the transfer portal, multiple outlets reported.

That brings the number of Buckeyes to 14, including starting quarterback Kyle McCord.

From nearby Cincinnati Elder High School, Royer was the No. 8 tight end in the Class of 2020, per 247Sports. He was little-used with the Buckeyes, catching four passes for 24 yards in 14 games.

Because of the NCAA-granted extra year of eligibility due to the pandemic, Royer has two years of eligibility remaining.

–Oklahoma State wide receiver Blaine Green entered the portal and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining with a new program. He is one of five Cowboys to enter the portal since it opened on Monday.

Green appeared in 10 games as a freshman in 2021, then missed the following season because of injury. He returned in 2023 to appear in 10 more games and caught 13 passes for 102 yards.

In his Oklahoma State career, Green totaled 34 catches for 416 yards with one touchdown reception.

–Texas wide receiver Isaiah Neyor is in the portal and won’t play for the Longhorns in the College Football Playoff semifinals vs. No. 2 Washington, On3 reported.

Neyor played at Wyoming before transferring to Texas prior to the 2022 season. He missed most of that season with a torn ACL and caught one pass for 14 yards for the Longhorns in 2023.

He joins fellow wide receiver Casey Cain in the transfer portal for Texas.

–Field Level Media

Florida Gators running back Trevor Etienne (7) rushes with the ball while Florida State Seminoles linebacker Tatum Bethune (15) and Florida State Seminoles defensive back Azareye'h Thomas (20) attempt to tackle during the first half at Steve Spurrier Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL on Saturday, November 25, 2023. [Matt Pendleton/Gainesville Sun]

Florida RB Trevor Etienne enters transfer portal

Running back Trevor Etienne entered the transfer portal Thursday after just two seasons at Florida.

“Gator Nation, what a ride it has been!” he posted on X. “I’m forever grateful for the opportunity to put on the orange and blue every Saturday, going to war with my teammates who would become my brothers for life.

“… My time as a Gator was an invaluable experience and one that I will cherish for years to come. At this time, I will be entering the transfer portal with 2 years of eligibility remaining. The marathon continues.”

A three-star prospect in the 2022 recruiting class, Etienne rushed for 719 yards and six touchdowns in his first season with the Gators.

Etienne followed that up by gaining 753 yards on the ground with a team-high eight touchdowns in 11 games this season. He also had 21 catches for 172 yards and a score.

He is the brother of Jacksonville Jaguars star running back Travis Etienne.

–Field Level Media

Sep 4, 2023; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Duke Blue Devils running back Jordan Waters (7) runs during the second quarter against the Clemson Tigers at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C.  Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

Duke RBs Jaquez Moore, Jordan Waters to transfer

Duke running backs Jaquez Moore and Jordan Waters are the latest players entering the transfer portal after head coach Mike Elko’s departure to Texas A&M.

Moore announced his intentions on social media on Wednesday. Waters’ departure was reported by 247 Sports.

Waters led the Blue Devils with 753 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns and Moore ranked second with 601 yards and six scores.

Starting quarterback Riley Leonard announced he was leaving Duke (7-5, 4-4 ACC) and entering the transfer portal on Nov. 29.

“After much prayer and consideration, I have decided to enter my name into the transfer portal with 1 year of eligibility left,” Moore posted on X. “… I am ecstatic to embark on this journey as I step in to new beginnings.”

Waters accumulated 1,929 yards from scrimmage with 24 touchdowns at Duke from 2019-23. Moore gained 1,266 yards from scrimmage with 11 scores from 2021-23.

–Field Level Media

Nov 11, 2023; Champaign, Illinois, USA;  Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Brendan Sorsby (15) passes the ball during the second half against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Transfer roundup: QB Brendan Sorsby transfers to Cincinnati

Quarterback Brendan Sorsby announced Wednesday that he has committed to Cincinnati.

Sorsby spent the past two seasons at Indiana before entering the transfer portal. He threw for 1,587 yards, 15 touchdowns and five interceptions this season and also rushed for four touchdowns.

Sorsby has three seasons of eligibility remaining.

–Hawaii quarterback Brayden Schager entered the transfer portal after a banner season.

Schager led the Mountain West with 3,542 yards and 26 touchdowns. His passing yardage ranks 10th nationally. He was intercepted 14 times in a nation-leading 525 pass attempts.

Schager has thrown for 6,505 yards, 41 touchdowns and 29 interceptions in three seasons.

–Florida defensive end Princely Umanmielen entered the portal after a strong season in which he had seven sacks.

He has 24.5 tackles for loss — including 14.5 sacks — in four seasons with the Gators.

–Texas A&M defensive tackle Walter Nolen was one of five Aggies to enter the portal. Nolen was the No. 1 prospect of the 2022 class and had five sacks in two seasons with the Aggies.

Also entering the portal were defensive ends Fadil Diggs (eight sacks in three-plus seasons) and L.T. Overton (one sack in two seasons), offensive tackle Chase Bisontis (12 starts in 2023) and tight end Jake Johnson (four receiving catches this season).

–Oklahoma State quarterback Gunnar Gundy, son of coach Mike Gundy, entered the portal.

Gundy passed for four touchdowns and four interceptions in games over the past three seasons. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

–Marshall quarterback Cam Fancher entered the portal after passing for 2,162 yards, 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions this season.

In the past two seasons, Fancher has 3,766 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

–Arkansas running back Raheim Sanders struggled with injures this season and had just 209 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

In 2022, he rushed for 1,443 yards and 10 touchdowns and also caught 28 passes for 271 yards and two scores.

–Oregon State tight end Jack Velling figures to be popular in the portal after catching eight touchdown passes this season. He had 29 receptions for 438 yards.

Velling has 45 catches for 719 yards and 11 touchdowns in two college seasons.

–Field Level Media