Could an all-transfer team compete for a national title? That’s a question 247Sports’ Bud Elliott recently posed in Slack. That got us thinking: What would an all-transfer team look like for the 2020-21 cycle? Using 247Sports’ updated transfer rankings, we created a starting 23 (we included a nickelback on defense) out of transfers from the offseason.
Whether this team could compete for a national championship is up for others to decide. But the group does feature a number of former five-stars, a former top 6 Heisman finisher and several players with first-round NFL Draft potential.
A sixth-place Heisman Trophy finisher at UCF in 2018 and the first two-time AAC Offensive Player of the Year in history, Milton is 247Sports’ No. 1 transfer QB this cycle. You can go ahead and write him in as Florida State’s starter, too. This will be Milton’s first season back since suffering a devastating leg injury near the end of the 2018 campaign. Florida State is hoping he can recapture his pre-injury form and help elevate an offense that finished 73rd nationally in yards per play last year.
Gray excelled a season ago as Tennessee’s No. 1 back, rushing for 772 yards and four touchdowns on 4.9 yards per carry. He also caught 30 passes. Now imagine what he’ll do in a scheme that’s seen its lead back average six yards per carry or better every season of the Lincoln Riley era. Gray will play behind a better o-line with more talent around him and in a less predictable scheme. He’s in line for a breakout season alongside Kennedy Brooks in the Sooners backfield.