College football transfers that will immediately improve the 2023 offense
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Notre Dame QB Sam HartmanIkona Sportswire
The college football transfer portal has revolutionized the way rosters are compiled in the sport. Thanks to the NCAA allowing players to transfer — at least once — without penalty, coaches across the country can rely on both recruiting classes and portal use to build their depth charts.
As we head into the 2023 season, there's a bevy of top offensive talent emerging on the portal who will make a big impact at their new schools.
From quarterbacks to wide receivers, tight ends and running backs, let's go through the college football transfers that will immediately improve offenses in 2023.
Wide receivers, part 1
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USC Trojans wide receiver Dorian SingerBrian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire putem Getty Imagesa
Dorian Singer, USC
Trojans head coach Lincoln Riley has been consistent in using the transfer portal to land top talent. Just last season, Heisman-winning running back Caleb Williams and leading receiver Jordan Addison came to USC via the transfer portal. Williams followed Riley from Oklahoma, while Addison came from Pitt.
Riley wasted no time using the portal again this offseason. In Arizona transfer Dorian Singer, Riley appears to have found a replacement for Addison, who is now with the Minnesota Vikings. Singer had a breakout season for the Wildcats last season, posting 1,105 yards and six touchdowns, including a top-15 nationally in receiving yards.
In fact, Singer had a great game against USC last season. During Arizona's 45-37 loss to the Trojans, the wideout had a career-high seven receptions for 141 yards and three touchdowns. PerProfessional football focus, Singer's 29 catches of 15 or more yards were second in the Power Five behind Marvin Harrison Jr. from Ohio State.
Adonai "AD" Mitchell, Texas
If Texas wants to compete for a Big 12 title this season, getting a receiver like Adonai Mitchell is a good start. The wideout moved to the Longhorns after spending two seasons with the Georgia Bulldogs.
A4 star recruitfrom Georgia's 2021 class, Mitchell played in all 15 of Georgia's games as a true freshman. He finished with 29 catches for 426 yards and four touchdowns.
As a sophomore in 2022, Mitchell was hampered by an ankle injury all season. As a result, he appeared in only six games. Still, he was able to play in some critical moments late in the year for the Dawgs. In fact, Mitchell scored the go-ahead touchdown against Ohio State in the Peach Bowl semifinals,10 meter passby Stetson Bennett.
He also had a touchdown against TCU in the national championship game.
In Texas, Mitchell gives starting quarterback Quinn Ewers another weapon at tackle. Mitchell will play alongside Texas' leading receiver Xavier Worthy in 2023.
Travis Hunter, Colorado
Travis Hunter wasthe best rankedthe country's premier streaming portal and for good reason. He plays both wide receiver and cornerback. After spending 2022 at Jackson State with Deion Sanders, he followed his head coach to Colorado.
Last season, hedonewith 11 receptions for 135 yards and four touchdowns in Jackson State's final four games of the season. We'll see if Hunter gets more reps at catcher with the Buffs, who also feature former JSU linebacker—and Sanders' son—Shedeur Sanders at center.
Wide receivers, part 2
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Dominic Lovett from GeorgiaJeffrey Vest/Icon Sportswire putem Getty Imagesa
Dont'e Thornton Jr., Tennessee
The Volunteers will look to replace star wide receiver Jalin Hyatt, who is now with the New York Giants. The good news is that they brought in Oregon transfer Dont'a Thornton Jr. He will give Tennessee some much-needed experience within the receiving corps.
Thornton played in all 14 games for Oregon as a true freshman, rushing for 175 yards and two touchdowns in 2021. He had 17 receptions for 366 yards and a touchdown in 11 games last season.
I wouldn't be surprised if Thornton has a successful season in 2023 and becomes the new receiver for Vols quarterback Joe Milton.
Dominic Lovett, Georgia
Georgia has one of the most talented receiving rooms in the country, featuring Ladd McConkey and tight end Brock Bowers.
And the rich are getting richer - the Dawgs are adding another talented receiver to their rotation in former Missouri receiver Dominic Lovett. Lovett led the Tigers in receiving last season, finishing with 846 yards and three touchdowns while averaging 15.1 yards per catch.
Keon Coleman, Florida State
Florida State appears to have one of the most loaded offenses in the country. The unit includes Heisman candidate Jordan Travis at running back, Trey Benson at running back and receiver Johnny Wilson.
Now add receiver Keon Coleman to that list. Coleman transferred to FSU after two seasons at Michigan State. In East Lansing, he had 65 receptions for 848 yards and eight touchdowns over his two seasons.
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Alabama tight end CJ DippreAP Photo/Vasha Hunt
Jaheim Bell, State of Florida
Oh, speaking of the Noles offense! The unit has another receiving weapon in tight end Jaheim Bell from the transfer portal Jordan Travis.
Bell spent 2020 to '22. for South Carolina and was used in the running and passing game. He had his best season in 2022, finishing with 261 rushing yards on three scores and another 231 receiving yards on two scores.
FSU tight ends coach Chris Thomsen hinted that Bell could be a key weapon in the Noles' running game with his blocking abilities:
"In a scrimmage, you break eight or nine tackles in one run. We have to go block with the same tenacity and he does," Thomsen said (viaSports Illustrated).
"Today we had a block on a big D-end in a pitching game. He stuck his face in there and showed physicality. The guy squats over 600 pounds. His lower half is extremely powerful, which makes him tough to tackle. He's tough to wrap up that guy, but now take that to the run game."
CJ Dippre, Alabama
At 6'5", 257 pounds, Maryland transfer CJ Dippre will be a big target for Alabama's new starting quarterback, whether it's Notre Dame transfer Tyler Buchner, Jalen Milroe or Ty Simpson.
Regardless of who gets the job, Dippre should produce for Alabama, which must replace Cameron Latu starting in 2022. Dippre had 33 receptions for 339 yards and three touchdowns over two seasons with the Terps.
Dippre chose the Tide over Ohio State as his transfer destination.
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Notre Dame transfer Logan Diggs, who is now at LSUJames Gilbert/Getty Images
Carson Steele, UCLA
The Bruins will have to trade for Zach Charbonnet, who is now with the Seattle Seahawks. UCLA head coach Chip Kelly did a great job getting Ball State's Carson Steele on the transfer portal.
Steele rushed for 1,556 yards - good for ninth nationally - with 14 touchdowns. He averaged 129.7 yards per game, which also ranked him in the top 10 nationally.
MarShawn Lloyd, USC
Remember how I mentioned how Trojans head coach Lincoln Riley has been successful using portals? In addition to receiver Dorian Singer, Riley got running back MarShawn Lloyd from South Carolina.
The running back had his most productive season in 2022 when he ran for 573 yards and nine touchdowns. He added 176 yards and two receiving touchdowns. As USC replaces leading rusher Travis Dye from last season, Lloyd will be a welcome addition to USC's already loaded offense.
Treshaun Ward, Kansas State
Kansas State must replace star running back Deuce Vaughn this season. good news? K-State head coach Chris Klieman secured transfer Treshaun Ward from Florida State to do so in 2023.
Ward, who has been at FSU since 2019, had his best seasons in 2021 and 2022. Over those two years, he totaled 1,143 rushing yards and 11 rushing scores. K-State returns all five offensive linemen from last season, so Ward could have his most productive season in Manhattan.
Logan Diggs, LSU
LSU will look to build on its 10-4 season last year, one that included an SEC West title in head coach Brian Kelly's first season.
The Tigers have a big shot at that in 2023 and added Notre Dame transfer Logan Diggs to their running back squad this offseason. Diggs rushed for 1,052 yards and seven touchdowns over two seasons with the Fighting Irish.
LSU returns freshman running back Jayden Daniels, who also led the team in rushing. Diggs joins a running back room with Josh Williams and Noah Cain, who combined for 941 yards and 16 scores last season.
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Tanner Mordecai, who transferred from SMU to WisconsinAP Photo/LM Otero
Tanner Mordecai, Wisconsin
Wisconsin, under new head coach Luke Fickell, looks like a legitimate Big Ten West contender in 2023. A big reason for that is the addition of new QB Tanner Mordecai, who transferred from SMU.
Mordecai started his career at Oklahoma, but played in just 12 games over three seasons with the Sooners.
He transferred to SMU before the 2021 season. He flourished with the Mustangs as their starter, throwing for 7,152 yards with 72 touchdowns and just 22 interceptions. He toosetSMU record 13 games throwing for 300 or more passing yards and threw a school-record 39 touchdowns in 2021.
Mordecai's offensive coordinator will be Phil Longo. Last season alone, Longo coached UNC QB Drake Maye to an NCAA-best 5,019 yards of offense with 45 total touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Wisconsin looks to be the clear frontrunner in the Big Ten West with Mordecai under center this season.
Sam Hartman, Notre Dame
As he enters his second year, Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman looks to lead the Fighting Irish to College Football Playoff contention. Fortunately, he gets a big upgrade under center in running back Sam Hartman.
Hartman decided to play his sixth year of eligibility at Notre Dame after five impressive seasons at Wake Forest. He had his best season at Wake in 2021 when he threw for 4,228 yards and 39 touchdowns with 14 interceptions while rushing for 363 yards and 11 scores. The Deacs won the ACC Atlantic that season and finished with their second 11-win season in school history.
In 2022, Hartman missed the first two games of the season after hediagnosedwith Paget-Schroetter syndrome, characterized by a blood clot in the subclavian vein, at the beginning of August. Incredibly, Hartman recovered in time to start for Wake's Week 3 game against Vanderbilt, throwing for 300 yards and four touchdowns. He finished with 3,701 yards and 38 touchdowns with 12 interceptions on the year.
At Notre Dame, Hartman brings veteran experience to a unit that returns just six starters from last season. If Hartman and the Irish can manage a tough schedule that includes games against Ohio State, USC and Clemson, a playoff bid is a definite possibility.
Devin Leary, Kentucky
Kentucky must replace No. 2 draft pick Will Levis at center this season. The good news is that the Wildcats got a veteran running back in Devin Leary, who transferred from NC State this season.
After a redshirt season in 2018, he saw action in 12 games over his first two seasons with the Wolfpack. He played in just four games in 2020, suffering a broken fibula in NC State's game against Duke in October that ended his season.
After the injury, Leary had a successful season in 2021. He threw for 3,433 yards and 35 touchdowns—settinga new school single-season record—with just five interceptions. NC State finished 9-3.
In 2022, Leary got off to a hot start, throwing for 1,265 yards and 11 touchdowns with four picks before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in Week 6 against Florida State.
If Leary can stay healthy, he can help Kentucky return to relevance within the SEC East after a 7-6 slump in 2022.