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Portal season ends today
Now that the national championship is in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward to the next college football season. And with the sport’s still relatively new transfer system, the season never really ends. The flood of players entering the transfer portal began in earnest at the end of the regular season and now that the dust has settled after bowl season, it’s a great time to take stock of the whole movement. (The portal is closing today though is open again from May 1st to 15thSo players who haven’t decided yet can always switch schools.) Let’s take a look at some of the biggest names on the way.
Sam Hartman (QB, formerly Wake Forest)
Hartman left Wake Forest after five seasons (including four in which he started at least nine games) and is on the way to Notre Dame for his last election year. He is the top quarterback this season, having ranked seventh in the nation in passing yards in 2021 and 11th this season. Hartman will replace Drew Pyne as a starter at Notre Dame after Pyne relocated to the state of Arizona. Hartman should be a serious upgrade over Pyne, who hasn’t been asked to do much in the Irish’s run-heavy offense. After finishing No. 5 in the AP preseason poll, Notre Dame had a season of ups and downs that resulted in a 9-4 score under first-year coach Marcus Freeman. Adding a quarterback of Hartman’s quality should raise expectations for next season.
Brennan Armstrong (QB, formerly of Virginia)
After Hartman, Armstrong was the top quarterback in the portal, followed by North Carolina State, Auburn, and Oklahoma State. Ultimately he decided to stay in the ACC and join the wolf pack. Armstrong had a stellar season in 2021, passing for 4,449 yards (fourth best in the nation) but threw for just 2,210 yards that season while his completion percentage dropped from 65.2 to 54.7. Armstrong’s decline coincided with the departure of offensive coordinator Robert Anae, who left Virginia after Bronco Mendenhall resigned. but Armstrong and Anae are reunited in Raleigh after NC State hired him as offensive coordinator. The Wolfpack lost their quarterback Devin Leary to Kentucky. Virginia, meanwhile, added former Monmouth quarterback Tony Muskett (a two-time All Big South selection) to the portal.
Among the others are signal callers Hudson card (Texas to Purdue), DJ Uiagalelei (Clemson to Oregon State), Kedon Slowis (Pitt to BYU) and Graham Mertz (Wisconsin to Florida). Washington’s Sam Huarda former Five-Star recruit whose father (Damon) and uncle (Brock) also played quarterback for the Huskies was a late entry on the portal after Michael Penix Jr. announced his return to Washington.
The “baggage” of Deion Sanders
Remember Deion Sanders’ first address to his new team when he said, “I’m bringing my bags, and it’s Louis [Vuitton]“? That’s what he was talking about. Travis Hunter Jr., the No. 1 high school pick in the Class of 2022, follows Sanders from Jackson State to Colorado. That’s Sanders’ son Shedeur, a quarterback who was a four-star recruit after high school. Colorado also added a four-star tight end Seydou Traorewho has caught 50 passes for Arkansas State this season, and receivers Jimmy Horn Jr.a former four-star from USF.
An unannounced player I’m looking forward to
south carolina runs back, Mar Shawn Lloydwho averaged 5.2 yards per carry this season, transferred to USC, where he will help make up for the loss of graduating Travis Dye. (Austin Jones, who split the Carries from Dye, isn’t sure he’ll be back next season.) The Gamecocks’ running back situation was so bad that when Lloyd missed three games with a knee injury, her primary ball carrier was Jaheim Bell, who is actually listed as a tight end. South Carolina went far off the beaten path to find and sign the next running back Mario Anderson as a transfer from Division II Newberry College. His stats at Newberry this season have been absurd. He rushed for 1,560 yards for 211 carries (7.4 yards per carry) and 19 touchdowns in 10 games. In one game, he ran 25 times for 246 yards and four touchdowns. Division II is a long way from the SEC, but it will be fascinating to see how he fares for a South Carolina team that has been one of the biggest upsets in the conference this season.
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… things I saw yesterday:
5. Damian Lillard’s 30 points in the first half against the Nuggets. (He had 14 in the second half and the Blazers lost 122-113.)
4. The sudden power outage during the FA Cup match between Wolverhampton and Liverpool.
3. A similar situation in the Raptors Bucks game.
2. The long-term goal of 19-year-old Liverpool midfielder Harvey Elliott.
1. Connor McDavid’s speed on that goal, which left the entire Kraken defense in the dust.
The role of Rutgers and Princeton in college football history as participants in the first intercollegiate football game is well known, but until now I had no idea who played the first game in men’s college basketball Story. Which Big Ten team faced the University of Chicago in college basketball’s first five-a-side game on that day in 1896?
Yesterday’s SIQ: Who Leads All Jamaican-Born Players in Baseball Reference WAR?
- Chili Davis
- Devon White
- Oscar Levis
- Justin Masterson
Answer: Devon White. In 17 seasons, the speedy outfielder amassed 47.3 WAR, compared to 38.3 in 19 seasons for Davis.
There are five Jamaican-born players who have played in Big League Baseball: Davis, White, Justin Masterson, Oscar Levis, and Rolando Roomes. Levis played seven seasons in the Negro Leagues for the Cuban Stars East, a traveling team of mostly Caribbean players. Roomes played 170 games as an outfielder over three seasons with three different teams. Masterson played eight seasons in the majors from 2008-15.
White won three World Series as a player (two with the Blue Jays and one with the Marlins), as did Davis (one with the Twins and two with the Yankees). Davis has been a batting coach for four major league teams, most recently with the Mets in 2021. White has been a coach at the Blue Jays’ Triple A affiliate for 17 years. White’s daughter, Davellyn Whyte, is a former WNBA player. Why the different spelling of her name? White changed it in ’03. It turns out that when his family immigrated to the United States from Jamaica as a child, their name was mistakenly recorded with a misspelling.
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