This is the second year for college players (and coaches!) get to use the NCAA transfer portal, and there are already a few players from the Mid-American Conference listed in there.
The ever-helpful 247sports.com database is always a helpful tool for this exercise, and an early count shows these 12 MAC players:
- Tyron Arnett (Jr., WR, WMU) — This is the fourth wide receiver to transfer from Western Michigan in the past year. Jayden Reed left for Michigan State after his freshman year, Keishawn Watson transferred to Appalachian State, Cortez Lewis was an incoming graduate transfer from Wake Forest but left for Hampton before the season started. Arnett’s a 6-foot-1 receiver from Belle Glade, Fla., and has caught 21 passes in his three years in Kalamazoo and 13 of those were in his freshman year. Arnett never found a real role for himself, so at this point, he could transfer to another FBS program, sit out a year, and still have two years to play.
- DeAndre Brimage (Jr., DT, Akron) — Brimage got some playing time in his first two years at Akron, but has decided to transfer from the program. Brimage leaves the program with seven total tackles in eight games played, none this year.. His brother Daishawn, a wide receiver, is also off of Akron’s roster.
- Ronnie Buford (R-Fr., DE, WMU to Grand Valley State) — After a year with Western Michigan, the freshman defensive end transferred to in-state, Division-II school Grand Valley State. Buford’s on the Lakers’ roster already but hasn’t played in any games. As of this writing, Buford’s eligibility to play with Grand Valley is not understood considering three things. One, he’s one of many, many others on the official Laker roster without a uniformed number. Two, there’s no obvious trace (read: none that this blogger sees) as to when Buford transferred. And three, if he were still at WMU, Buford would’ve been listed as a redshirt-freshman, but he’s listed as a freshman proper on GVSU’s roster. In any case, he’s not at WMU anymore.
- Devanier Floyd (R-Fr., RB, Akron) — Floyd redshirted and did not play last year or at all this year in his first two years of college, and is already in the transfer portal.
- Zaire Jacobs (Jr., S, Akron) — After playing his first two years with the Zips, Jacobs tweeted that he decided to transfer just three weeks into the 2019 season. Jacobs still has two years of eligibility remaining and has 27 career tackles through eight games played.
- Tyler Kirtz (R-Jr., WR, Ball State) — Kirtz never saw the field after three years on campus, and will look to be a graduate transfer elsewhere.
- Khalil Newton (R-So., WR, Ball State) — Newton was a 2017 signee out of Georgia, but never saw the field at Ball State. Now the wide receiver’s name is in the transfer portal.
- Michael Robinson (Jr., S/OLB, Ball State) — Another Georgia signee turned Ball State transfer on this list. After two years with Ball State, Robinson will finish his college career outside of Muncie. Robinson played in 10 career games and made 14 total tackles (one and one this year, respectively).
- Keyshawn Swanson (Fr., DB, Akron) — After a few weeks in Akron, Florida-native Swanson announced that he’s looking to transfer.
- Keyondre White (So., RB, Akron) — White played in seven games last year as a freshman with 81 yards on 23 carries with one touchdown against Kent State. In White’s announcement that he plans to transfer, he said he hopes to transfer somewhere closer to home (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).
- Andre Williams (Jr., WR, Akron) — Of the transfers listed, this is the biggest name leaving his MAC school. Williams was Akron’s leading receiver last year with 649 yards on 46 catches and six touchdowns. Williams announced his decision to transfer after four games with this season where he caught 10 passes for 96 yards.
- Naylan Yates (R-Fr., QB, Ohio) — Yates is still on Ohio’s official roster, but his status with the team isn’t clear. He was arrested last Sunday and charged with felonies, as reported by Jason Arkley. Previously, Yates was in the portal in the summer, then was back with the team for practice during Week 1.