Indiana football has been very active in the transfer portal this offseason under new head coach Curt Cignetti.
But the flurry of incoming and outgoing transfers isn’t anything new for the Hoosiers. They saw a bevy of players leave last offseason and brought in a large number of players that saw real playing time this year.
Not all of the players who left saw significant game action this year. But here’s a look at several of the notable players who transferred from IU last year and how they performed at their new schools this season.
McCullough’s numbers dropped off slightly this year after transferring to Oklahoma, but the linebacker still had a solid sophomore season. He recorded 27 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss, along with three QB hurries and three pass breakups. He missed three games this year with a few injuries, but should be all set for the Alamo Bowl against Arizona.
The tight end has enjoyed the best season of his career this year after transferring to Michigan. He recorded a career-high 249 receiving yards on 22 receptions with a touchdown, won a Big Ten championship, and will play in the Rose Bowl in the College Football Playoff semifinals.
Bazelak was Bowling Green’s primary quarterback this season, though he split time with a more run-first quarterback throughout the year. But the Falcons got to 6-6, and they play Minnesota in the Quick Lane Bowl on Tuesday. Bazelak completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 1,709 yards this year with 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions — he threw just one pick in the last five games.
Campbell has had a solid year kicking for Tennessee this year. He’s made all 44 of his extra-point attempts, and he’s 18 for 23 on field goals. He’ll kick for the Volunteers in the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day.
Tuttle served as J.J. McCarthy’s backup in Ann Arbor, but still entered six games this season in mop-up duty. He threw his lone touchdown pass of the season against the Hoosiers in October. The graduate student, like Barner, is now a Big Ten champion and will hope to become a national champion in January.
The defensive lineman played in 11 of Arizona’s 12 games this season and finished with 13 total tackles and one pass breakup. He and the Wildcats will take on McCullough and Oklahoma in the Alamo Bowl on December 28.
Holt-Bennett played in 11 of UAB’s 12 games this season, though he didn’t make a big impact on the stat sheet. He totaled five receptions for 92 yards and one touchdown, a 37-yard strike against Florida Atlantic.
The defensive back didn’t start for Mississippi State, but did play in 11 games this year. He finished with 10 tackles, including one TFL, and one pass breakup.
- Brylon Lanier – 60 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one INT at East Mississippi
- Javon Swinton – four catches, 26 yards for Eastern Michigan
- Emery Simmons – one catch, two yards for Utah
- Luke Wiginton – played in four games for Ball State
- Lem Watley-Neely – Did not play for Kent State
- Richard Thomas – Did not play for Florida Atlantic
- Trevell Mullen – Did not play for James Madison
- Randy Holtz – Did not play
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