By Otis Kirk
With the news that Kelly Bryant was headed to Missouri the Razorbacks are still in the market for an older quarterback.
While the market isn’t exactly hopping right now that could change following the bowl games. Here’s a look at two quarterbacks who have announced they will transfer and five more who have had rumors linked to them.
Once again, this isn’t to say that any of the five will transfer, but there’s certainly rumors attached to all five. This is just a look at who might become available. And also it isn’t to say they would or wouldn’t come to Arkansas if they did transfer. It is simply a list of some quarterbacks who may become available.
John Kolar, 6-6, 200, Oklahoma State, Grad Transfer
Kolar has announced his intentions to pay his senior season elsewhere. He was the No. 1 recruit in Oklahoma in the Class of 2015 as a four-star dual-threat quarterback coming out of Norman North. His career at Oklahoma State hasn’t taken off. In 2016 as a redshirt freshman, Kolar completed 1 of 2 passes for eight yards and rushed twice for 18 yards. Other than that he has no stats in Stillwater.
Danny Clark, 6-2, 232, Kentucky, Transfer
This former ESPN four-star quarterback from Massillon (Ohio) Archbishop Holan High School has announced he will leave Kentucky. He was the back-up quarterback there. He likes Arkansas and is interested since he has a good friend on the team. However, he wouldn’t be eligible until the 2020 season. He redshirted at Kentucky in 2017 and then in two games this season he rushed twice for four yards and a touchdown. If he came to Arkansas he would have to redshirt in 2019 and then have two years to play two.
Shane Buechele, 6-1, 210, Texas
He has lost the starting job in Austin. The former four-star dual threat from Arlington (Texas) Lamar hasn’t announced any plans to transfer. However, if he does there will be a good market for him. In 23 games at Texas, Buechele has completed 403 of 648 passes for 4,636 yards, 30 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He has rushed 168 times for 268 yards and four touchdowns. This season in two games, Buechele completed 30 of 44 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. He also rushed 10 times for eight yards. Buechele could have two years remaining since he only played in two games this season thus could use it as a redshirt year.
Jalen Hurts, 6-2, 218, Alabama
Hurts chose to stay at Alabama for his junior season when many speculated he would transfer. It paid off for the Crimson Tide when he came in the SEC Championship Game and saved the Tide. It was a good story that he chose to stay, but it’s worth noting he was a junior. Now he will be a senior and does he want to stay and possibly be a back-up quarterback again? He hasn’t said he will transfer, but if he does everyone will likely be interested. The former four-star dual-threat quarterback from Channelview (Texas) has played in 40 games at Alabama. He has completed 444 of 704 passes for 5,616 yards, 48 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also has rushed 379 times for 1,976 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Mason Fine, 5-11, 180, North Texas
Once again Fine hasn’t announced any plans to transfer, but the rumors have been there. The former two-star recruit from Locust Grove (Okla.) has proven he can play at this level despite lack of height. In 36 games, Fine has completed 774 of 1,229 passes for 9,358 yards, 64 touchdowns and 25 touchdowns. Fine has also rushed 269 times for 145 yards and five touchdowns. He will be a senior in 2019.
Khalil Tate, 6-2, 215, Arizona
This kid is a stud. There have been plenty of speculation he’s leaving Arizona, but that may not prove to be the case. However if he does there will be an endless amount of options for him. He was a four-star dual-threat quarterback coming out of Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra in the Class of 2016. In 29 games at Arizona, Tate has completed 299 of 526 passes for 4,364 yards, 43 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. He has also rushed 276 times for 1,873 yards and 15 touchdowns. In the 2017 season, he rushed for 1,411 yards and 12 touchdowns while also passing for 1,591 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine picks. He will be a senior in 2019.
Ben Hicks, 6-2, 220, SMU
Will be a senior in 2019 and is very familiar with Chad Morris and his staff. He signed with SMU out of Waco (Texas) Midway in the Class of 2015. The former pro-style three-star redshirted in 2015. In 37 games, he has completed 718 of 1,266 passes for 9,081 yards, 71 touchdowns and 34 interceptions. He also has rushed 140 times for -140 yards and three touchdowns. He isn’t a dual-threat, but if he opts to leave SMU it will be interesting to see if Morris seeks a reunion with him in Fayetteville.