College Football: Ranking the 10 Biggest Transfers of 2014

Ranking the 10 Biggest College Football Transfers of 2014

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Transferring from one Division I college team to another is a risky decision. In college football, a player must sit out a year if he goes from one I-A school to another, unless a waiver is granted by the NCAA. Some transfers who are eligible this year were prominent players for their teams before deciding to make the switch. Here are the 10 biggest college football transfers in 2014.

10. Nick Harwell, Miami (Ohio) to Kansas

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10. Nick Harwell, Miami (Ohio) to Kansas

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After posting three solid seasons with the Miami of Ohio RedHawks, Nick Harwell is now with the Kansas Jayhawks. Harwell will be the go-to receiver for the Jayhawks in a critical year for coach Charlie Weis' tenure.

9. Tyler Murphy. Florida to Boston College

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9. Tyler Murphy. Florida to Boston College

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Tyler Murphy was thrust into the starting role as a sophomore at Florida last season when Jeff Driskel went down with injury. He went 2-4 in six starts. This season, Murphy will have one season of eligibility left for the Eagles.

8. Gunner Kiel, Notre Dame to Cincinnati

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8. Gunner Kiel, Notre Dame to Cincinnati

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Once the No. 1 prep quarterback in the nation, Gunner Kiel left Notre Dame after one season and is now with Cincinnati. He will have three seasons of eligibility at Cincinnati. Kiel is the front-runner to be the starter this season.

7. Vad Lee, Georgia Tech to James Madison

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7. Vad Lee, Georgia Tech to James Madison

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Former Georgia Tech starting quarterback Vad Lee now is with James Madison, an FCS school, meaning Lee will have immediate eligibility and will have two seasons remaining. A redshirt sophomore last year, Lee passed for 1,561 yards and ran for 513 yards.

6. Michael Brewer, Texas Tech to Virginia Tech

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6. Michael Brewer, Texas Tech to Virginia Tech

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Michael Brewer likely would have been the starter at Texas Tech last season, but he missed the first four games of the season with a back injury. Because Brewer graduated in three years, he is eligible to play this year and has two seasons of eligibility at Virginia Tech.

5. Wes Lunt, Oklahoma State to Illinois

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5. Wes Lunt, Oklahoma State to Illinois

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Wes Lunt won the job as starting QB for Oklahoma State as a true freshman in 2012, but started only five games due to injury. He will have three years of eligibility with the Illini and is the front-runner to start.

4. Max Wittek, USC to Texas

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4. Max Wittek, USC to Texas

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Max Wittek spent three seasons at USC, but the former top-100 national recruit was never able to take control as USC's starter. Wittek graduated from USC and is immediately eligible to play at Texas. He will have two seasons of eligibility with the Longhorns.

3. Stephen Rivers, LSU to Vanderbilt

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3. Stephen Rivers, LSU to Vanderbilt

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Stephen Rivers, the brother of San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers, played in just four games during his three years at LSU. Stephen has two years of eligibility left and is a front-runner for the starting job.

2. Brandon Connette, Duke to Fresno State

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2. Brandon Connette, Duke to Fresno State

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Brandon Connette served as a change-of-pace QB for the Blue Devils last season, but he transferred so he could be a full-time starter. He will have an opportunity to replace Derek Carr at Fresno State.

1. Jacob Coker, Florida State to Alabama

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1. Jacob Coker, Florida State to Alabama

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After backing up E.J. Manuel in 2012 and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston in 2013, Jacob Coker transferred to Alabama. Coker will now have to replace A.J. McCarron, who was one of the winningest QBs in recent memory. Coker has two seasons of eligibility left.

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