Love it or lump it, the transfer portal is here to stay. Player movement is officially en vogue and if you can sell the NCAA on a hangnail that caused you emotional distress, they’ll will grant you a waiver to play immediately. We decided to take a look at the top five transfer losses for our beloved Texas squads.
1. Zach Abercrumbia
Rice keeps handing schools experienced starting material. Zach Abercrumbia is the latest, joining Calvin Anderson, J.T. Ibe, and Preston Gordon. This year, in addition to Abercrumbia, the Owls lost Justin Bickham, Houston Robert, and Roe Wilkins. Abercrumbia and Wilkins hurt because in a flash the Owls lost two frontline starters. Abercrumbia will ply his craft for SMU this fall after coming into his own with 55 stops including 4.5 tackles for loss in 2018. He was also a captain for Mike Bloomgren and the Owls.
2. Nick Starkel
Backups are always one play away, Nick Starkel transferring to Arkansas hurts the Aggie’s quarterback depth and feeds a Rival. Starkel threw for 1,793 yards in 2017 when he started five games and gave the Aggies’ their best chance to win. Kellen Mond emerged in a two-horse quarterback race in 2018, and while Mond is certainly a headliner, the Aggies will miss a needed competent backup. Plus, if Starkel flashes in Fayetteville the way he did in Aggieland, he’s an instant upgrade for Chad Morris the Hogs.
3. Bryce Rivers
UTSA’s search for a quarterback will play on this fall, and Bryce Rivers won’t be around to see it. The rising junior from Stevens High School backed up Dalton Sturm in 2017 and then wedged himself into the quarterback battle in the spring of 2018. Most observers thought Rivers was at least even with Cordale Grundy coming into fall camp, but Roadrunner coaches chose to go in every direction but Rivers’ as the season disintegrated. He didn’t play until November and finally started in the finale against North Texas. Rivers ended the season, in three games with the second most passing yards, best completion percentage, and QB rating of any other Roadrunner signal caller. Was Rivers the answer? We don’t know, but now UTSA is without the possibility of finding out. He’ll play for Northwestern State this fall.
4. Bru McCoy
Bru we hardly knew you. The recruit that launched a search party when he hinted at a return to SoCal is back in USC’s scandal-filled hands. McCoy signed with SC out of high school, seventeen days after enrolling he transferred to Texas, the after spring ball in Austin, reversed course again for the Trojans. And some politicians want to lower the voting age to 16. The five-star receiver would undoubtedly help ease the loss of Lil’Jordan Humphrey and with his size and skill level might have moved into a role with Collin Johnson, and Devin Duvernay in an explosive Texas receiving corps. Instead, Graham Harrell gets to find a use for the talented McCoy, for now.
5. Joseph Wallace
Big Joe Wallace in an interesting one, Matt Wells kicked him off the team in the spring for violating team rules. Wells didn’t reinstate Wallace, and the defensive tackle parted ways in May. Chances are pretty solid that Wallace wasn’t going to get back into the good graces of the new coaching staff, but losing a big body on the interior is rough. Wallace, as a sophomore out of Skyline, played in all 12 games last year - making 37 stops with four tackles for loss including two sacks. He played in the rotation as a freshman in 2017 as well. His destination is undetermined.