Gunslinger Buzz Daily - April 11, 2023
Transfer portal window opens Saturday
Good morning, college football.
We are days away from the second transfer portal window opening as players evaluate where they stand on the depth chart with teams closing up spring practice. We don’t have a ton of obvious quarterback names to hit the portal, but expect to see plenty of “intend to enter the transfer portal” tweets coming from players throughout the week leading up to Saturday.
I’ve seen plenty of places getting this wrong, but the spring transfer window will run from April 15-30 after being originally scheduled for May 1-15.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL QB REPORT
Michigan State QB battle likely to extend past spring
SCOOP: MLive.com’s Matt Wenzel
Michigan State has a threeway quarterback competition featuring returning starter Payton Thorne (Stats) along with Noah Kim (Stats) and Katin Houser (Stats) with less than a week of spring practice left. Thorne started the last two seasons, while Kim and Houser have very limited in-game experience. It’s difficult to get a read on who is the frontrunner at this point, but the tiebreaker would likely go to Thorne.
2024 3-star Aaron Philo decommits from Minnesota
SCOOP: Aaron Philo
Aaron Philo (GA) committed to Minnesota in early March before re-opening his recruitment. Philo hasn’t revealed any new offers or visits since then, but there should be plenty of interest from programs in the market for a 2024 quarterback. Philo had double-digit FBS offers prior to announcing his commitment last month.
Virginia Tech QB competition won’t end anytime soon
SCOOP: Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Mike Barber
Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Tyler Bowen said he’s not close to naming a starting quarterback as returning starter Grant Wells (Stats) continues to battle Baylor transfer Kyron Drones (Stats). The two QBs split reps with the first team during practice heading into Saturday’s spring game. While Wells was starting for Virginia Tech last season, Drones played just five games for Baylor in a reserve role.
DEPTH CHART & INJURY REPORT
Houston QBs splitting reps 50-50
SCOOP: Pawd Slama Jama’s Andy Yanez
Houston will decide between Texas Tech transfer Donovan Smith (Stats) and Lucas Coley (Stats) to be the starting quarterback this fall unless the Cougars decide to hit the transfer portal. Head coach Dana Holgorsen said both QBs have been splitting reps equally this spring. Coley spent the 2021 season with Arkansas and played 11 snaps in Year 1 with Houston, while Smith saw significantly more work with the Red Raiders over the last two seasons.