Sep 3, 2022; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA;  Michigan Wolverines quarterback Cade McNamara (12) gets set to run a play against the Colorado State Rams at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Ex-Michigan starting QB Cade McNamara enters portal

Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara entered the transfer portal, multiple outlets reported Monday.

McNamara, in his fourth season in Ann Arbor, led Michigan to the College Football Playoff in 2021.

But in the second game of this season, he lost his starting job to sophomore J.J. McCarthy, a five-star recruit in the 2021 class who has the Wolverines on the brink of a second straight CFP appearance.

McNamara, named an offensive captain in August, started the opener against Colorado State on Sept. 3 and was 9-of-18 passing for 136 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown pass to Roman Wilson.

Coach Jim Harbaugh, who didn’t declare a starting quarterback in summer practice, switched starting quarterbacks in the second game of the season against Hawaii and then declared McCarthy the starter.

McNamara played in relief in the Sept. 17 game against UConn — a 59-0 thrashing — and completed one pass for 18 yards but sustained a leg injury and missed the rest of the regular season.

Last season under McNamara, the Wolverines finished 12-2 and won their first Big Ten title since 2004. They lost to eventual champion Georgia in a national semifinal game, 34-11.

He played in 22 games at Michigan and completed 267 passes for 3,181 yards, with 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He added two rushing TDs.

McNamara will have two seasons of eligibility remaining due to a redshirt and the NCAA’s decision to add a year of eligibility because of COVID-19.

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Alabama linebacker Eyabi Anoma (9) during second half action in the Alabama A-Day spring football scrimmage game at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday April 13, 2019. 

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Reports: Former 5-star DE Eyabi Anoma enters portal again

Defensive end Eyabi Anoma, who signed with Alabama as the top player at the position in 2018, is transferring again.

Multiple outlets reported Monday that Anoma entered the transfer portal in search of his fourth program.

Anoma was ranked by the 247Sports composite as the No. 1 player at his position and the No. 4 overall player in the Class of 2018, and he was poised to become a dominant player at Alabama. He appeared in six games as a freshman, tallied nine tackles and was named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team, alongside such notables as Justin Fields, Jaycee Horn and Patrick Surtain II.

Before the 2019 season, Anoma was off the Crimson Tide roster.

“He was dismissed by the university,” coach Nick Saban said at the time. “That’s really all I can say about it.”

Anoma then transferred to Houston, sat out the 2019 season under NCAA transfer rules but was dismissed in February 2020 for violating team rules. He never appeared in a game for the Cougars.

He resurfaced last fall at FCS program Tennessee-Martin and made 36 tackles (9.5 for loss) and recorded six sacks.

When he committed to UT-Martin in June 2020, he posted a note of apology on social media to the Alabama and Houston football communities, writing, in part:

“I am learning everyday that every action has a consequence, and it is my responsibility to decide whether or not my actions will be positive or negative. As a young man, I can only take things one day at time … I want to say thank you to my supporters and family for not giving up on me when things started to get difficult.”

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Nov 27, 2021; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils wide receiver Ricky Pearsall (19) runs the ball during the first half against the Arizona Wildcats at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona State LB Eric Gentry, WR Ricky Pearsall enter portal

The exodus continues at Arizona State, with standout linebacker Eric Gentry and wide receiver Ricky Pearsall entering the transfer portal.

The number of Sun Devils players in the portal this offseason now stands at 12, The Athletic reported Thursday.

Gentry played in 13 games for Arizona State as a freshman last season and had 45 tackles, five tackles for loss, a sack and two passes defensed. He was a consensus freshman All-America selection.

Pearsall led the Sun Devils with 48 catches, 580 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns.

Coach Herm Edwards’ program is being investigated for potential recruiting violations by the NCAA. Five assistant coaches either have been fired or resigned since the end of last season, which saw the Sun Devils finish 8-5.

Starting quarterback Jayden Daniels is among the players to leave Tempe, transferring to LSU in March.

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Corey Kiner runs the ball as The LSU Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers in Tiger Stadium. Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021.

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LSU RB Corey Kiner enters transfer portal

LSU running back Corey Kiner announced Monday he is entering the NCAA transfer portal.

Kiner ranked second on the Tigers with 324 rushing yards as a freshman last season.

“My time as a tiger has come to an end,” he posted on Twitter. “I would like to start a new chapter in my life and explore my options to continue my career as a student-athlete elsewhere.”

Kiner added two rushing touchdowns and caught two passes for 10 yards in 11 games in 2021.

The Cincinnati native was a four-star recruit and the nation’s No. 10 RB prospect in the Class of 2021 by the 247 Sports composite.

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Auburn quarterback Dematrius Davis (18) runs drills during an open football practice at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, March 20, 2021.

Auburn QB Dematrius Davis enters transfer portal

Auburn redshirt freshman quarterback Dematrius Davis, a former Texas high school star and four-star prospect, has opted for college football’s transfer portal.

The 5-foot-10 Davis, who did not see action with the Tigers, announced his decision in a social-media message.

“To all NCAA fb coaches… if you believe in me. come get me,” Davis posted on his Twitter account Wednesday.

Davis was two weeks into a spring position battle involving five Auburn quarterbacks after junior Bo Nix transferred to Oregon in December. Four players — including one returner (junior T.J. Finley), a pair of transfers (Zach Calzada from Texas A&M and Robby Ashford from Oregon) and one freshman (Holden Geriner) — remain as the Tigers look to rebound from their second consecutive six-win season in 2021 (6-7 last season, 6-5 in 2020).

Head coach Bryan Harsin is coming off Auburn’s first losing season since going 3-9 in 2012, which led to the firing of Gene Chizik.

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Sat., Nov. 20, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Sevyn Banks (7) looks to the stands as he runs onto the field following his Senior Day introduction before a NCAA Division I football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan State Spartans at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua A. Bickel/Columbus Dispatch via USA TODAY Network.

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Ohio State CB Sevyn Banks exits draft, enters portal

Former Ohio State cornerback Sevyn Banks withdrew from consideration for the 2022 NFL Draft due to an injury and entered the transfer portal.

Banks announced the news Thursday on social media, leaving open the possibility of returning to the Buckeyes.

“At this time, I am very grateful that my rehab is going great,” he posted on Twitter. “To which, I will continue getting stronger by the day preparing for the 2022 NCAA football season and the 2023 NFL Draft.

“To Buckeye Nation: I will be Entering the NCAA Transfer Portal – leaving my options open to wherever God leads me to dominate into a Greater Chapter of my College Career. Whether it’s here at The Ohio State or going Beyond.”

Ohio State coach Ryan Day announced Monday that Banks had graduated and was no longer with the program.

He appeared in 36 games from 2018-21, registering 43 tackles, 13 passes defensed and two interceptions.

Banks missed the final three games of the 2021 season due to an undisclosed injury, including the Rose Bowl win against Utah.

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Sep 18, 2021; Laramie, Wyoming, USA; Wyoming Cowboys head coach Craig Bohl leads his team onto the field before game against the Ball State Cardinals at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

Wyoming’s holiday wish list: a quarterback

All Wyoming football coach Craig Bohl wants for Christmas is a quarterback, apparently.

On Friday, the team’s official Twitter account spread a message from Bohl that said he is inviting quarterbacks in the transfer portal and from junior colleges to take a look at the Cowboys. He fared pretty well with a junior college transfer six years ago when he brought in Josh Allen — now of the Buffalo Bills — and is looking to strike again.

“The college football landscape is changing with the one-time transfer rule and NIL. Our staff anticipated this movement and have a clear vision to navigate these uncharted waters. After a successful early signing day, Cowboy Football will address the need to sign a quarterback via the transfer portal or junior college,” wrote Bohl, who just completed his eighth season with the program.

“We believe this is a great opportunity for a transfer quarterback to come in and make an impact on our program. We’ve seen that before when we brought Josh Allen into our program, and we’re excited for the next chapter of Cowboy Football. Go Pokes!”

Since Wyoming defeated Kent State 52-38 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Tuesday, the two quarterbacks who shared duties in 2021 — sophomore Levi Williams and junior Sean Chambers — entered the transfer portal. In all, seven players have entered the portal since the end of the regular season — six of them since the bowl game.

Williams accounted for 327 yards of total offense and was named Potato Bowl MVP as he ran for four touchdowns and threw for another.

FBS quarterbacks in the transfer portal have been snapped up quickly. Currently uncommitted are Zach Calzada, transferring from Texas A&M, Cameron Ward (Incarnate Word) and Casey Thompson (Texas).

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Oct 10, 2020; Columbia, Missouri, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Myles Brennan (15) throws a pass against the Missouri Tigers during the first half at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

LSU QB Myles Brennan enters transfer portal

LSU quarterback Myles Brennan has entered the transfer portal.

Brennan has been beset by injuries since starting the first three games of the 2020 season. He sustained a torn abdominal muscle that ended his season and then broke his non-throwing arm this summer that required surgery.

Max Johnson, who replaced Brennan in 2020, has started all eight games for LSU this season.

Brennan is in his fifth year at LSU. He backed up Joe Burrow in 2019.

Brennan has 1,712 career passing yards with 13 touchdowns against six interceptions with the Tigers.

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said Monday that Brennan was “teary-eyed” over the decision.

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Tennessee quarterback Harrison Bailey (15) on the field before the start of an NCAA college football game between the Tennessee Volunteers and Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, September 18, 2021.

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Tennessee QB Harrison Bailey entering transfer portal

Tennessee quarterback Harrison Bailey is looking for a new opportunity.

The second-year player announced his decision to leave the Volunteers on social media Wednesday.

“It’s with a heavy heart, I would like to announce that I will be entering the transfer portal and exploring other opportunities,” he wrote, in part, on Twitter.

A four-star recruit and Top 100 overall prospect in the 2020 signing class, Bailey was third on the depth chart this season behind Virginia Tech transfer Hendon Hooker and Michigan transfer Joe Milton.

After passing for 568 yards and four touchdowns in six games as a true freshman in 2020, he appeared in just one game in 2021 and completed 3 of 7 passes for 16 yards against Tennessee Tech on Sept. 18.

Bailey, a native of Powder Springs, Ga., chose Tennessee over Alabama, Auburn and Florida, among others.

–Field Level Media

Oct 17, 2020; Syracuse, NY, USA;  Syracuse Orange wide receiver Taj Harris (3) after a reception in the first half during a game against Liberty on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.
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Syracuse WR Taj Harris entering transfer portal

Syracuse wide receiver Taj Harris is entering the transfer portal.

The junior made the announcement on Twitter on Sunday and Orange coach Dino Babers confirmed it Monday.

An All-ACC third-team selection in 2020, Harris has two years of eligibility remaining.

Harris did not travel with the team for Saturday’s 33-30 loss at Florida State.

He caught 16 passes for 171 yards in three games this season, raising his career totals to 151 receptions for 2,028 yards and 10 touchdowns since 2018.

Syracuse (3-2, 0-1 ACC) hosts No. 19 Wake Forest (5-0, 3-0) on Saturday afternoon.

–Field Level Media