West Virginia quarterback JT Daniels is entering the transfer portal, according to multiple reports. Daniels played just one season for the Mountaineers. Daniels’ next destination will be his fourth after previously playing at USC and Georgia. Daniels has at least one more year of eligibility remaining, and it could be two years if he’s granted a medical redshirt for his 2019 torn ACL.
Daniels made 10 regular-season appearances for West Virginia. Daniels threw for 2,107 yards, 13 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. One of college football’s most experienced quarterbacks, Daniels has started games in the Pac-12, SEC, and Big 12. He won a national championship with the Bulldogs in 2021.
Programs in search of veteran signal-callers will possess an interest in JT Daniels’ services. There will be suitors. We’ve identified three potential landing spots.
Oregon State Beavers
Oregon State is in the market for a transferring quarterback. Chance Nolan, who was intended to start the majority of Oregon State’s contests under center in 2022, has entered the portal himself. Nolan failed to take advantage of an excellent rushing attack and offensive line. Lackluster quarterback play ultimately prevented the Beavers from reaching their ceiling.
Oregon State has some young quarterbacks in its room, but they require a veteran commander under center to help them win immediately. Daniels actually visited the program before committing to West Virginia last season. It’s easy to envision the Beavers entering the Daniels sweepstakes for the second consecutive offseason.
Indiana was hoping to start dual-threat quarterback Dexter Williams in 2023. Williams unfortunately suffered a knee dislocation in a late November loss to Purdue. Williams suffered significant structural damage to his injured knee. His 2023 campaign now hangs in the balance.
The Hoosiers have a quarterback issue. Williams replaced starting quarterback Connor Bazelak, who intends to enter the transfer portal. Fellow backup quarterback Jack Tuttle is also heading to the portal. These developments mean Indiana’s quarterbacking room lacks numbers, depth, and experience.
The Hoosiers have already been linked to Jeff Sims, a Georgia Tech quarterback who is also in the portal. Indiana shouldn’t make any rash decisions. The portal seems to be gaining quarterbacks with each passing day. Hoosiers head coach Tom Allen may even consider welcoming two quarterbacks from the portal. Daniels to Indiana makes sense.
Fresno State Bulldogs
Fresno State starting quarterback Jake Haener is a fourth-year senior that is heading to the NFL. Haener accepted an invitation to play in this year’s Senior Bowl earlier this month. Haener has been a warrior for the Bulldogs, having compiled more than 8,500 passing yards and 65 touchdowns across three successful seasons.
The Bulldogs may want to replace Haener with a veteran signal-caller that’s capable of picking up where he left off. Logan Fife should receive an opportunity to compete for the job, but Fresno State shouldn’t hand him the gig without exploring veteran competition. Daniels checks a lot of boxes.
Daniels intends to transfer to a program that can help him reach his full potential. Playing in the NFL is Daniels’ ultimate goal. Bulldogs head coach Jeff Tedford is an offensive-minded leader that spearheaded an offense that scored 30.7 points per contest in 2022. Daniels could explode under Tedford’s tutelage.
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