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Pac-12 Soccer: Winners and Losers After Five Crazy Months of the Transfer Gate

02 May 2022 | 08:45

Since the end of the regular season, 243 footballers have passed through the transfer gate on their way to leaving or entering the Pac-12.

And more may follow.

With the May 1 transfer window fast approaching, we expect a handful of transfers – and perhaps many – in the final days before the deadline closes.

(Players who transfer after this deadline must sit out for the remainder of the 2022 season or receive a waiver from the NCAA.)

Where do the teams stand at this point in the transfer cycle?

Here’s our look at the winners and losers based on the latest in 247Sports database.

Winner

Arizona

Biggest gain: QB Jayden de Laura (from Washington State)

Biggest loss: WR Jalen Curry (to Buffalo)

Comment: The Wildcats have lost 21 players to the gate but little sense. In the meantime, some additions could make a profound impact – not just on Arizona but on the shape of the Southern race. At the top of the list is de Laura of course, but he’ll be straight from receiver Jacob Cowing, who won 69 passes for UTEP last season. On defence, keep an eye out for Tiaoalii Savea in defence, a UCLA transfer and former four-star player who should cement a much-needed spot.

Cal

Biggest gain: QB Jack Plummer (from Purdue)

Biggest loss: WR Nikko Remigio (to Fresno State)

Comment: Remigio’s role as a threat in games going and going is crucial for a show that has run into major problems in recent years. We expected midfielders Xavier Carlton (from Utah) and Jackson Sirmon (Washington) to strengthen the midfield, but Plummer thinks the transfer is more likely to affect Cal’s trajectory – and it does not. really close. There would be a void in midfield without Chase Garbers and a host of unknowns about internal substitutes.

Oregon

Biggest gain: QB Bo Nix (from Auburn)

Biggest loss: TB Travis Dye (according to USC)

Comment: Despite Dye’s departure and the migration of offensive guides, the Ducks are in positive territory at this point in the transfer cycle. Full-back Christian Gonzalez, a player known to everyone last season at Colorado, is a big deal due to the importance of the position. But after his impressive performance in the spring scenario, Nix must be seen as the frontrunner for starter work. The combination of a starting midfielder and a corner was enough to send Ducks into positive territory.

USC

Biggest gain: QB Caleb Williams (from Oklahoma)

Biggest loss: K Parker Lewis (to TBD)

Comment: The Trojans would have been the gate winners if Williams had been their only newcomer, but coach Lincoln Riley has completely rebuilt the skill slots with Dye (Oregon), Austin Jones (Stanford), Brendan Rice (Colorado), ), Mario Williams (Oklahoma) and Terrell Bynum (Washington). On defense, USC has added three players, full-back Mekhi Blackmon (from Colorado) and full-backs Shane Lee (Alabama) and Romello Height (Auburn), who will play a key role in the rescue operation. .

Utah

Biggest gain: LB Mohamoud Diabate (from Florida)

Biggest loss: DE Xavier Carlton (to Cal)

Comment: The combination of Diabate, who will face his former side in the opening game of the season, and Gabe Reid (from Stanford), will help ensure the crucial task of replacing Devin Lloyd in the middle of defence. Attrition from Utah’s two depths has been limited – almost non-existent – as the program prepares to defend its conference title and make a play in the knockout stages. In contrast to so many of his Southern peers, and at best, Utes are the epitome of dullness.

Washington state

Biggest gain: QB Cameron Ward (from Incarnate Word)

Biggest loss: C Brian Greene (to Michigan State)

Comment: Ward not only makes up for de Laura’s loss, but it could also be an upgrade as he’s used to the offense deployed by new coordinator Eric Morris, who coached Ward last season. Cougars has had significant revenue as measured by the number of departures (23). But unlike the loss of Greene, a multi-year startup, these losses should have limited impact. The recent arrival of recipient Zeriah Beason (from Oregon State) adds a quality option to the pass game.

Loser

State of Arizona

Biggest gain: DL Nesta Jade Silvera (from Miami)

Biggest loss: QB Jayden Daniels (to LSU)

Comment: It’s hard to imagine a worse scenario for the Sun Devils, who have lost their starting midfielder, top striker (Ricky Pearsall) and most talented young defender (full-back Eric Gentry) – and the move Residents can continue for a program reeling from a recruitment scandal. Silvera’s presence reinforced what should have been a fortified defensive front. We consider full-back Paul Tyson (from Alabama) as the newcomer most likely to make an impact, but his lack of experience (16 times in his career) creates uncertainty.

Colorado

Biggest gain: WR RJ Snead (from Baylor)

Biggest loss: CB Christian Gonzalez (to Oregon)

Comment: With 18 players having left the show since the end of the season, CU is on the short list of FBS teams hardest hit by the portal. The exodus includes mostly the Buffaloes’ best performers in the second division and in skill positions (recipient Brenden Rice and defender Jarek Broussard, to name two). Snead arrival and running back to Ramon Jefferson (from Sam Houston State) should help. But if this portal were a balance sheet, then Buffs would be at risk of bankruptcy.

Oregon State

Biggest gain: TB Jamious Griffin (from Georgia Tech)

Biggest loss: WR Champ Flemings (to TBA)

Comment: Griffin is a former four-star player and quality addition; he’s also from OSU only supplement at this point. Coach Jonathan Smith has few scholarships and (unsurprisingly) has adopted a selective approach to squad adjustments. That approach naturally puts the Beavers in the net negative in our portal computation, despite the low number of impact departures and centered on a single location, the receiver, with Flemings loss. and Zeriah Beason, who is heading to Washington State.