The rumors have been floating through the college football universe for months that one of the three super Ohio State quarterbacks might transfer to the University of Texas. Now a new rumor surfaced last week that a Notre Dame quarterback might throw his touchdown passes for the Longhorns in 2015, according to ESPN.
Everett Golson, who led the Fighting Irish to a BCS bowl game a few years ago, announced this week he will be transferring from South Bend since he’s graduated. Receiving his diploma means he can play for another college immediately.
ESPN in recent days mentioned Florida State, Texas and several SEC colleges as possible destinations for the talented Golson who ironically led the Fighting Irish to within one play of defeating the Seminoles in 2014. In fact the talented quarterback threw what most people thought was the game-winning touchdown pass near the end of the game. A heartbreaking penalty called against one of his receivers erased the touchdown from the scoreboard and the victory from the record books.
The situation becomes even more ironic if Golson chooses Texas. The Longhorns and the Fighting Irish tee it up in the first game of the 2015 season. Notre Dame fans would probably cringe at seeing Golson throwing passes against them instead of for them.
The biggest soap opera in college football is right now taking place in Columbus, Ohio where three proven quarterbacks are battling it out for playing time next fall. Braxton Miller, like Golson, is graduating from his school. He could transfer to another team and play immediately next fall. Miller started for the Buckeyes several years and was a serious Heisman Trophy candidate until he injured his shoulder two weeks before the 2014 season. He sat out the season which allowed Wichita Falls Rider High School quarterback J.T. Barrett to take over the reins for Coach Urban Meyer. He led the Bucks to a 10-1 record before he suffered a broken ankle against Michigan. His injury opened the door for Cardale Jones to lead OSU to the national championship with wins against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon.
Barrett was nominated for the Heisman Trophy after his breakthrough season in 2014 despite his injury. He has several years of eligibility left at Columbus and has declared he will stay with the Buckeyes. As for the fierce competition at OSU he simply said, “This is what we do. We compete. That’s what we’re doing now (for the quarterback positon).”
Jones will probably only play one more year for the Buckeyes and then declare for the NFL draft. He has a glittering resume the pros can review based on last year’s national championship run even if Barrett or Miller prevails as the battle for starter.
Meyer has thus far refused to name a starter for 2015. He probably has the best troika of quarterbacks in the nation. Many have speculated that with the specter of the bench facing him next year Miller would be wise to consider his options. ESPN has listed LSU, Florida State and Texas as the most likely destinations for Miller.
For his part Texas coach Charley Strong has remained noncommital. After spring practice finished he mentioned Tyrone Swoopes was still the starter. Blue chip recruit Jerrod Heard from Denton is second on the depth chart He has also changed the UT offense from a pro-style attack to a spread offense which might be more quarterback friendly for Swoopes and Heard.
That depth chart would change dramatically though if either Golson or Miller decides to take their considerable talents to Austin in the next few days. The search for the next Vince Young will take on a whole new look if either or both of these quarterbacks land at Austin.
Many have said the Vince Young-led victory against USC in the Rose Bowl was the best performance by a college football player ever. One Wichita Falls friend actually witnessed that game and the victory in the Rose Bowl the year before against Michigan in person. If Texas can find another Young, they will be on the way back to national prominence.