McFeely: Nearly 60 Missouri Valley Football Conference Players On Transfer Portal


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Using various sources, InForum determined that at the start of this week, 56 players from 11 Valley programs had registered their names on the portal since October 1. The state of Missouri had 12 players entered the portal since that date, the highest number among conference schools. The State of North Dakota and the State of South Dakota each registered one player, least in the league.

The Bison and Jackrabbits still play in the Championship Division playoffs, so their transfer numbers could increase once their season is over.

NDSU head coach Matt Entz was unsure of what to expect.

“You ask me to project what the 18 to 22 year olds think? No way. I hope not. I hope we have created a good enough relationship with all the kids on our football team for them to think about it. twice, ”Entz said at its weekly press conference Monday, offering his thoughts on whether more Bison players would enter the portal.

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Offensive lineman Seth Anderson has been the only entry to the NDSU portal in recent weeks. Quarterback Caden Rice is the SDSU participant.

Players have entered the portal in droves across all NCAA football divisions over the past two weeks as they want to embark on a new program and enroll in school in time for the semester of. spring, so that they can participate in spring training in 2022. Entz said more than 500 players have entered the portal recently.

Teams usually have a few players who leave during fall camp before games start, and some enter the portal shortly after.

The Transfer Portal is administered by the NCAA and allows current college athletes to submit their names so that other schools can recruit them. A recent NCAA rule allows student-athletes to transfer once without penalty. The old rules required athletes in most cases to be absent for a year during the transfer.

While nationally recognized athletes who move from a powerful program to a powerful program capture most of the headlines, the portal is filled with thousands of little-known athletes.

This dynamic is reflected in the MVFC. While players like former North Iowa starting quarterback Will McElvain, former Illinois State starting quarterback Bryce Jefferson and former North Dakota All-America running back Otis Weah got the most attention when they entered the portal, most Valley players are much less well known.

It is not known, unless a player or a school announces it, how many players register at other universities and join other programs.

“Personally, I will advise them to make sure exactly what they are doing,” Entz said. “I think there are guys out there who make decisions too quickly and it doesn’t end up working for them and so what do you do after that?”


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North Dakota State’s James Kaczor takes on Northern Iowa’s Will McElvain in their football game on Saturday April 10, 2021 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

The players of the Valley who entered the portal since October 1, according to several sources, including social networks:

Illinois State (10)

Carter DeGraff, Jarel Miller, Britton Morris, Kacper Rutkiewicz, Brandon Simon, Darnell Hanson, Eric Rogers, Bryce Jefferson, Aidan Breshnahan, Joe Lombardi.

Indiana State (5)

Jordan Lawrence, Michael Griffin, Tyrone Griffin, Dwayne Thompson, Carlton Rutherford.

Missouri State (12)

Micah Fann, Jaylen Dobson, Jontae Dobson, Damoriea Vick, Thurlow Wilkins, Amarion Whitfield, Brandon Benjamin, Zarek Fewell, Dimitri Moore, Isaiah Allred, Durand Henderson, Joseph Webb.

North Dakota (8)

Caleb Nelson, Quinton Urwiler, Billy Rivière, Otis Weah, Quinton Seguin, Sam Robertson, Jacob Odom, Damien Owens.

North Dakota State (1)

Seth Anderson.

Northern Iowa (3)

Tyler Hoosman, Justin Fomby, Will McElvain.

South Dakota (2)

Lucas Becker, Dakota Smith.

South Dakota State (1)

Caden rice.

Southern Illinois (3)

Marcus Armstrong, JaJuan Blankenship, Mani Jackson.

Western Illinois (4)

D’Angelo BBiggs, Ian Ector, Donovan Lacey, Brandon Frazier.

Youngstown State (7)

Matt Carlisle, Dashua Turner, John Harper, Jordan White, Mark Waid, Gianni Rizzo, Brayden Taylor.

The Single Transfer Rule has added a wrinkle to college football team building. Most programs still rely on recruiting primarily high school athletes – NDSU has over 30 known engagements of preparation players who are expected to sign letters of intent on Wednesday, December 15 – but coaches can revise a roster or fill in gaps. holes with transfers.


North Dakota State quarterback Quincy Patterson faces Illinois State at Hancock Stadium in Normal, Ill. On Saturday, October 16, 2021. David Samson / The Forum

North Dakota State quarterback Quincy Patterson faces Illinois State at Hancock Stadium in Normal, Ill. On Saturday, October 16, 2021. David Samson / The Forum

The Bison have about a half-dozen transfers in their squad, including a few who have played key roles like quarterback Quincy Patterson (Virginia Tech), running back TaMerik Williams (SMU) and defensive end. Brayden Thomas (Minnesota State Mankato).

“List management is a daily thought process, a huge equation right now trying to figure it all out,” Entz said.

Entz said the Bison could add a few transfers before spring training to add depth to specific positions.

NDSU has lost a few key transfers in recent years.

All-American linebacker Jabril Cox transferred to FBS main LSU after the 2019 season, in part to improve his NFL Draft stock. He started and played for the Tigers in the fall 2020 season affected by COVID and was taken by the Dallas Cowboys in the final rounds of the 2021 draft.

Running back Adam Cofield transferred to FBS Western Kentucky from the Sun Belt Conference in late 2020, avoiding the FCS Spring season for the desire to play at a higher level. Cofield has 373 yards on 80 carries for the 8-5 Mountaineers, who will play in the Boca Raton Bowl on Dec. 18 against Appalachian State.


North Dakota State running back Adam Cofield walks away from South Dakota State linebacker Logan Backhaus on a 71-yard touchdown to seal the game at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium on Saturday, October 26 2019, at Brookings, SD David Samson / The Forum

North Dakota State running back Adam Cofield walks away from South Dakota State linebacker Logan Backhaus on a 71-yard touchdown to seal the game at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium on Saturday, October 26 2019, at Brookings, SD David Samson / The Forum

Starting cornerback Josh Hayes left the Bison at the end of the spring season, saying he wanted to play closer to his home state of Florida. He transferred to FBS Virginia, where he was hampered by injuries and saw little playing time. He returned to the transfer portal midway through this season.

When asked if he uses examples of former Bison that were transferred as an edifying tale for current players, Entz said the discussions between players took care of that for him.

“I don’t need to refer to that. These players have friends on the squad. I think it’s kind of conveyed through conversation between the players,” Entz said. “I’ve rarely mentioned players who left through the portal. I don’t think I’ve ever done so. I’m going to be worried about the ones we have here.”

Entz said he wanted the NCAA to add more information to the portal, which he said currently only lists rudimentary information.

“At some point the portal has to start giving us more information,” he said. “I would recommend that we start treating it like we do with high school kids, where if I go to the clearinghouse I know what their grades are, I know where they live, I know where they are from. I know all that information. I’m sure there are some guys who doubt they want to have their transcripts in the portal. “

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