Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez entered college football’s transfer portal on Thursday, departing Lincoln after four years with the program. Martinez played in 39 games with the Cornhuskers and accounted for 10,792 total yards of offense. The California native’s play was up-and-down at times, but Martinez is an experienced option who could help a team right away next year.
Where could Martinez land as a transfer? Here are 15 teams to watch (in alphabetical order):
15 Potential Transfer Destinations for Adrian Martinez
First-year coach Jedd Fisch brought in two quarterbacks through the portal last offseason, so more additions wouldn’t be a surprise for 2022.
There’s some uncertainty about Bo Nix’s future with the program. If he leaves, coach Bryan Harsin will have to add more depth to the quarterback room.
Drew Plitt is set to depart after a solid career in Muncie. Could coach Mike Neu look into the portal for another quarterback? Northern Illinois landed Rocky Lombardi from Michigan State last year, which paid big-time dividends for the program in terms of a division title.
Could coach Karl Dorrell bring in competition to push Brendon Lewis?
Martinez is from Fresno, Calif., so there’s a natural tie to the area. Fresno State will have a new coach after Kalen DeBoer was hired at Washington, and quarterback Jake Haener entered the transfer portal. There’s potentially an opportunity to start right away here.
Skylar Thompson is set to depart the program after the 2021 season marked his senior campaign, leaving Will Howard, Jaren Lewis and Jake Rubley to compete for the job. Former Nebraska receiver Kade Warner is also in Manhattan, so Martinez could look to reunite with an old teammate.
If Carson Strong departs to the NFL, could coach Jay Norvell look to add a transfer to his quarterback room?
Injuries took a toll on New Mexico’s quarterback room this year, as five different players received significant snaps at the position. Kentucky transfer Terry Wilson opened 2021 as the starter for coach Danny Gonzales but an elbow injury ended his season in early October.
Coach Pat Fitzgerald has dipped into the transfer portal for help at quarterback in recent years, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the program take a look at options after averaging just 16.6 points a game in 2021.
Could the Ducks pursue veteran options to provide depth behind Ty Thompson for 2022?
San Diego State
Lucas Johnson and Jordan Brookshire are both listed as seniors, so there could be some turnover at this position. Freshman Will Haskell is regarded as the future of this position for the Aztecs, however.
San Jose State
As mentioned previously, Martinez is a native of California, so San Jose State would be closer to home. With Nick Starkel moving on, the Spartans could use competition for Nick Nash in 2022.
Mississippi State transfer Garrett Shrader emerged as the starter during the regular season, but coach Dino Babers needs more consistency out of the passing game, so more competition wouldn’t be a surprise.
The Knights lost Dillon Gabriel to transfer but return Mikey Keene and Joey Gatewood for 2022. Could coach Gus Malzahn look to add competition?
Will new coach Brent Pry look to improve his quarterback room?