Potential Destinations For Tommy Stevens In The Transfer Portal
The timing of Stevens’ transfer is somewhat unfortunate for his own cause, given the fact that a number of programs (like Florida State, UCLA, and Mizzou) have already filled quarterback vacancies on the
free agent transfer market. But there are still a few teams that would certainly be happy to have Stevens at the helm.
Stevens brings a lot to the table. Although he’s been stuck behind Trace McSorley for the past three seasons, he’s seen the field a number of times and proven his capability in charge of the offense. Where might the big quarterback end up, then?
The most obvious choice for Stevens is Mississippi State. His former offensive coordinator, Joe Moorhead, is in charge down in Starkville. Stevens would be a fitting successor to Nick Fitzgerald, as the 6’5″, 230-pound quarterback is heading to the NFL Draft after an impressive career. Stevens, a 6’5″ quarterback himself, could slide in without disrupting the offense much at all.
On top of that, quarterback Keytaon Thompson still hasn’t been able to convince everyone that he’s a worthy replacement for Fitzgerald.
Stevens could certainly win the job immediately, and we already know that he understands the Moorhead offense. His ability in a run-pass option offense makes his fit with Mississippi State seem almost too obvious.
The Cardinals struggled with quarterback play in 2018. Jawon Pass seems to be the clear favorite to win the job this season (at least against his current competition), but Louisville could still be in search of an upgrade.
Last season, Pass threw for 1,960 yards and completed 162 of 300 attempts, notching eight touchdowns and 12 interceptions in the process. Those stats are underwhelming by most measures. Head coach Scott Satterfield brings a run-first offense to Louisville from Appalachian State. In fact, as Penn Staters know all too well, App State has been all about running the ball for the past few seasons. Stevens is perhaps the perfect guy to lead a spread offense under the direction of Satterfield.
There’s almost no doubt that Georgia Tech would be happy to receive Stevens’ services. Head coach Geoff Collins needs to replace TaQuon Marshall, which Stevens could certainly do. The rest of the quarterback room in Atlanta leaves a whole lot to be desired.
Collins will likely rely heavily on a spread offense that sprinkles in some pro-style formations. Stevens’ ability to pick up yards on the ground, paired with his arm strength, could make him quite the fit with the Yellow Jackets.
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