College football transfer quarterback tiers: Playoff hopefuls, breakout candidates and more in 2022 season

The college football quarterback carousel is in full swing as dozens of FBS signal-callers rotated in search of greener pastures this offseason. More than three-dozen transfer quarterbacks have been given ratings in the 247Sports rankings for 2022 with more surely on the way. 

Adding a transfer quarterback can significantly upgrade a program, like when Oklahoma added Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. Other times, playing the quarterback roulette can be more like buying scratch-off lottery tickets and hoping for a miracle. Here is how we categorize 16 of the top transfer passers heading into their new stops this coming season. 

Tier 1: Playoff hopefuls, league title contenders

Caleb Williams, USC: Williams ranked as the most impressive true freshman in the country at Oklahoma and followed Lincoln Riley west to Heritage Hall. As the overwhelmingly presumed starter, Williams will have an opportunity to take USC into a new era. 

Williams completed 64.5% of his passes for 1,912 yards passing, 442 yards rushing, 27 total touchdowns and only four interceptions to become the talk of college football. He even briefly entered the Heisman conversation after leading OU to the biggest come-from-behind victory against Texas in the history of the rivalry. Expectations are off the charts in Williams’ first season. 

Quinn Ewers, Texas: Take everything we wrote about Williams and erase all college football experience — or any snaps since the Texas 6A State Championship Game in 2020. However, Ewers is the first perfect 1.0000 quarterback recruit in the 247Sports Composite since Vince Young, and he went home to Texas in hopes of being the first signal-caller to lead the Longhorns to a national championship since Young in 2005. 

Texas has major work to…


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