5 Mid-American Transfers the Make Sense
College football's as chaotic as it's ever been, and normally that's a good thing. Now, not so much. Cancellations are the talk of the sport, and with that transfers follow. The MAC was the first conference in the FBS to cancel (or postpone if you prefer) its fall season, and that leads us to this. No one wants to see their favorite players transfer, but no season means potential draft picks need to put more film out for scouts to see. Central Michigan tight end Tony Poljan already transferred to Virginia, and Northern Illinois DT Jack Heflin transferred to Iowa (who also saw their season canceled). So who else could join them? It may not happen, but here are five guys who could find new homes.
RB Jaret Patterson: Buffalo to SMU
Patterson would leave an offense where he's not only the featured back, but the star of the show. While he'd take a step back in that regard transferring to SMU, he'd have a monster season if he joined the Mustangs offense. SMU loses it's top two rushers from last year, and inserting a guy like Patterson gives them a reliable back. Patterson brings over 2,700 yards and 33 touchdowns of experience. TJ McDaniel, the Mustangs top returning rusher, has 236 and three. It would be a different offense for Patterson to learn, but I'm confident he could figure it out and thrive.
LB Treshaun Hayward: Western Michigan to Tulsa
Picture this: Hayward, a playmaker who's seemingly everywhere paired up with Zaven Collins, another playmaker. Tulsa's defense needs as much help as it can get, and linebacker is a position that needs addressing outside of Collins. Cooper Edmiston was the leader of that group for the last three years, producing 325 tackles in that span. Who better to bring in than a guy who recorded 142 tackles, including 11 for loss last year? Philip Montgomery needs to do something on that side of the ball, and Hayward would be a great addition.
DE Malcolm Koonce: Buffalo to Wake Forest
Everyone knows that Carlos Basham is coming for their quarterback, so why not give him a partner? The Demon Deacons star defensive end is going to play in the NFL soon, and could go out with a bang if Koonce comes to campus. Our own Cam Mellor loves what he brings to the table:
Koonce may have one of the best get-offs in the entire nation as well, and he can wreak havoc on offensive lines from either side. Riggins and Koonce formulate one of the top pass-rushing threats in the nation heading into this season. With Wright and Patterson behind them and Washington manning one side of the defense, this is an 11-man unit that should strike fear into opposing offenses.
Combing Koonce and Basham gives Wake Forest a menacing tandem, one that could keep opposing offensive coordinators up at night.
WR Isaiah McKoy: Kent State to Georgia Tech
McKoy comes from Tech territory, and the Yellow Jackets could certainly use his speed out wide. Kent State's passing attack thrived in 2019 thanks to McKoy's 15.6 yards per catch. The Yellow Jackets leading receiver only produced 396 yards, leaving room for growth in the passing game. If Kent State can't play at all this year, we might as well let McKoy thrive somewhere else, and going back home would be entertaining to watch.
OT Tommy Doyle: Miami (OH) to Texas
Before you dismiss a MAC player joining a Big 12 team, look at what NFL scouts are saying about Doyle. Teams already have him on their radar, and he'd bring valuable experience to a Longhorns team looking to make a playoff appearance. Doyle would benefit from seeing more quality competition, as teams would most likely try to attack his side over Samuel Cosmi's. Protecting Brett Gabbert and Sam Ehlinger are two different experiences, but Doyle's prepared for any challenge thrown his way.