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IMPACT CFB TRANSFERS
 
 
By ARNE K. LANG  1-28-2006

Colleges are now building promotions around National Signing Day, which arrives Feb. 1. It marks the unveiling of football recruiting classes that are invariably trumpeted as the best in school history.

LAS VEGAS - Wisconsin, Auburn, and Akron exceeded pre-season expectations last year. In each instance, the catalyst was a transfer who had largely slipped off the radar screen during his year of inactivity. Brian Calhoun (Wisconsin via Colorado), Kenny Irons (Auburn via South Carolina), and Luke Getsy (Akron via Pittsburgh) found the grass greener at their new port of call.

Seven transfers who may energize their new teams are listed below.

BEN-JARVUS GREEN-ELLIS, RB, MISSISSIPPI

Ole Miss won the bidding war for ex-Tennessee quarterback Brent Schaefer, a coveted prospect from the juco ranks, but Green-Ellis looms as a more significant addition considering that the 2005 Rebels finished next-to-last in the nation in rushing. Battling homesickness in Hoosier country, the New Orleans native ran for 1,732 yards in two seasons at Indiana. In his signature game, Green-Ellis splintered Penn State for 203 yards on 42 carries.

LORNE SAM, WR/QB, TEXAS EL-PASO

Sam was an all-state quarterback in talent-rich Georgia. Mike Price has promised him a fair shot at unseating incumbent Jordan Palmer. However, the most likely scenario is that Sam, a two-year letterman as a receiver at Florida State, will be deployed mostly as a flanker while seeing only spot duty at his preferred position. He was eligible in 2005, but sat out the season following foot surgery.

LOREN HOWARD, DE, ARIZONA STATE

A native of Scottsdale, Arizona with 31 games under his belt, Howard hopes to recapture the form he flashed as a true freshman at Northwestern. Coming off a second ankle surgery, Howard's future is iffy. However, he once appeared destined for greatness.

STEPHEN REAVES, QB, SOUTHERN MISS

Reaves has a cannon for an arm, but was a loose cannon at Michigan State where he played second fiddle to Drew Stanton. USM coach Jeff Bower has worked wonders with quarterbacks who entered his program lacking maturity. The Tampa-bred Reaves is the son of John Reaves, a University of Florida football legend.

ERIC WRIGHT, CB, UNLV

Rated one of the top cornerbacks in the Pac-10, Wright left Southern Cal after being suspended for an alleged rape in his coed dorm. While the case was pending (it was eventually dropped), he latched on at UNLV. After his dreadful debut season, coach Mike Sanford needs to turn things around in a hurry. Wright and promising quarterback Rocky Hinds, another USC transfer, may fuel a fast turnaround.

JOE DAILEY, QB, NORTH CAROLINA

Dailey was the star attraction of Bill Callahan's coming-out party at Nebraska. He threw four touchdown passes in the 2004 spring game that was witnessed by 61,417 fans. It was all smoke-and-mirrors and Dailey was ultimately hooted out of Lincoln. But don't be surprised if he finds redemption on Chapel Hill. He brings more to the table than departing quarterback Matt Baker, who struggled in his lone season as a starter.

AKIEEM JOLLA, WR, NEW MEXICO STATE

Jolla was rated a prize catch for the Miami Hurricanes coming out of high school in New Orleans. Although he never lived up to his hype, he has more raw talent than any NMSU receiver since Duriel Harris. He appeared in 10 games last year, but won't need to sit out a season. With an ailing mother uprooted by Hurricane Katrina, Jolla qualified for an exemption.
 


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