After being benched in favor of Trevor Lawrence, Kelly Bryant announced he will be transferring from Clemson. Where might he go? Well, luckily I’ve got you covered.
Here are the five best destinations for him to transfer:
When I heard of Bryant’s transferring, the first place I thought of was Auburn. There’s a big possibility that quarterback Jarrett Stidham declares for the NFL Draft even with one year of eligibility remaining. Bryant would fit in well with Gus Malzahn as he values dual-threat quarterbacks such as Cam Newton and Nick Marshall. It’s worth noting that Newton and Marshall were both transfers before ending up at Auburn and played for a national championship.
Oregon, like Auburn, is settled at quarterback. But there’s a great chance that Justin Herbert is headed to the NFL. Pro scouts seem to think so. If Herbert leaves, Bryant could fit right into the starting role next season. Herbert has backups in the waiting in Eugene, but Bryant would fit in nicely in the high-powered offense under Mario Cristobal. Oregon is the only team on this list on the west coast, so to see Bryant in the Pac-12 would be an intriguing fit.
Quarterback Kyler Murray is with the Sooners this season, but he could be heading to to the Oakland Athletics to play baseball next year. So there could be a new face next season and that could be Bryant. Riley has established himself as one of the best offensive minds in college football. Baker Mayfield won a Heisman under Riley, and Murray could be headed to New York in December if he keeps up his stellar play. Bryant’s dual-threat abilities would flourish with Riley and elevate his draft status before his potential departure to the NFL. But with Tanner Mordecai behind Murray and Spencer Rattler coming on board next year, a starting spot is not guaranteed for Bryant here.
This might be a little bit of a long shot, but Florida has been desperate for a quarterback since the days of Tim Tebow. Coincidentally, Tebow’s offensive coordinator back then was Dan Mullen, who is the head coach of Florida now. Mullen has helped elevate multi-faceted quarterbacks in the past such as Tebow, Dak Prescott, and Nick Fitzgerald. He is currently retooling the game of Feleipe Franks who appears more decisive than he ever was a year ago. Since Tebow, the best quarterback the Gators have had was Will Grier, who was suspended in 2015 for using PEDs. Florida also has the benefit of being in a relatively weak division with the exception of Georgia. So the Swamp could work for KB.
Penn State Nittany Lions
Trace McSorley is a senior this year so next season the Nittany Lions will need to fill a void at quarterback. Bryant could be the answer. McSorley is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in America and in James Franklin’s spread offense Bryant could have much of the same success. The Big Ten East is one of the toughest divisions in football, so Bryant would be diving into a war zone. But the Clemson quarterback would be joining one of the best programs in not just the Big Ten, but in the country.
The college football landscape has changed and now transferring quarterbacks are essentially free agents. Bryant should be the hottest commodity on the market if he pulls through with his request to transfer.