Transfer Portal 2021 – More Losses that Gains?

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    • #145539

      Ute Fan

      According to a 247 article today Utah lost more that it gained in the transfer portal. Agree?

      247 Link

      80. Bryan Thompson, WR, Arizona State (from Utah)
      103. Charlie Brewer QB, Utah (from Baylor)
      114. Jordan Wilmore RB, Fresno State (from Utah)
      128. Orlando Umana, OL, Ole Miss (from Utah)

    • #145540

      Ghost of the HEB
      Ute Fan

      Thompson hurt, but we found adequate replacements.

      Wilmore hurt given the context of losing Ty, but we found adequate/probably better replacements.

      Umana will likely end up being the loss that hurts the most. Sure, he wasn’t a starter in spring, but OL depth is huge. Need all the healthy and experienced bodies you can get to make it through a long season.

    • #145542

      Ute Fan

      Hard disagree. 

    • #145543

      Ute Fan

      Always a gain losing players who don’t want to be here.
      The players Utah gained including PWO? Utah did ok this off-season.

      • #145544

        Ute Fan

        Definitely no complaints here. Gained:

        Charlie Brewer, QB
        Ja’Quinden Jackson, QB
        TJ Pledger, RB
        Chris Curry, RB
        Tavion Thomas, RB
        Brandon McKinney, S
        Josh Calvert, LB
        Theo Howard, WR
        Munir McClain, WR
        Lolani Langi, LB (PWO)

        That’s one talented group of transfers, most being 4* talent. IMO Whitt and staff crushed it this year with the portal.

    • #145551

      Ute Fan

      Surprised the majority of Utah’s incoming transfers aren’t on this list.

    • #145613

      Ute Fan

      I would say gain. With the exception of WR we lost guys from crowded positions. We gained guys in positions of need. The incoming transfers will have more minutes on the field than the transfers that left would have. Also, since the enthusiasm for players chasing second chances is greater than the enthusiasm of players thinking about changing, way more than half the teams improve with the transfer program. The bump in QB and RB way offsets other losses. Howard, Calvert and McKinney will figure in more than expected.

      • #145615

        Ute Fan


        In general (again, there are exceptions) we lost players in positions where we were deep and gained players in positions where we were thin. So if you were to lose a player in a deep position, and pick up a player of equivalent ability in a thin position, you’d call it a win even if the trade was a “net zero” from an ability point of view.

        And I would say this year, Utah was a net positive on ability. So yeah, Utah definitely won in the 2021 transfer portal.

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