College football‘s transfer portal is now open for the next 15 days. More than 6,000 NCAA football players have entered the portal since the beginning of the 2022 season, including 2,179 last December alone — the most of any month since the transfer portal was created in fall 2018.
The NCAA enacted two transfer portal windows: a 45-day window that started the day after the four College Football Playoff teams were selected in December and a spring window April 15-30.
The first wave of transfers saw many big names change teams, such as former Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei finding a new home in Oregon State and Cade McNamara, who led Michigan to the 2021-22 CFP, leaving the Wolverines for in-conference Iowa. Meanwhile, Deion Sanders and Colorado made some big splashes, namely in quarterback Shedeur Sanders, Deion’s son, and defensive back Travis Hunter, the No. 1-ranked player to enter the portal in the winter.
We’re tracking notable players entering (and exiting) the portal, with the latest news and updates on how the 2023 season could be transformed. The most recent moves are listed at the top.
Oklahoma State lineman announces intention to enter portal
Etienne was one of two offensive players to start every game for Oklahoma State. The 6-7, 330-pound senior was a junior college transfer in 2021, starting three games while preserving a redshirt.
The NCAA enacted transfer portal windows for the 2022-23 academic year to try to regulate when players were allowed to enter the portal: a 45-day window from Dec. 5 to Jan. 18 and a second 15-day window that runs from April 15 to 30.
But while the windows were intended to add structure, many coaches and personnel directors from various conferences said dealing with the continuous balancing act of the portal, recruiting classes and bowl preparations, all during the holiday season, made for too much at once.
All-SEC freshman OL to leave Texas A&M
Wykoff, 6-foot-6 and 330 pounds, played in 12 games (starting nine) for the Aggies last year, giving up just one sack. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Quarterback Ben Finley played in three games and started the Wolfpack’s last two of the 2022 season, totaling 741 yards, 3 passing touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He led NC State to a double-overtime win over North Carolina but threw two picks in a 16-12 loss to Maryland in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl.
Boston College DB in the portal
The portal reopens this weekend
Last August, the NCAA implemented two transfer windows to help regulate the college football calendar. The first one lasted from Dec. 5 through Jan. 18, and the second one opens for about two weeks beginning Saturday.