Familiar faces in new places: Top 7 college football transfers who will make big impact

D'Eriq King, Houston Cougars. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
D'Eriq King, Houston Cougars. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /
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K.J. Costello, Stanford Cardinal
K.J. Costello, Stanford Cardinal. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

Mississippi State Bulldogs. 4. QB. K.J. Costello. player. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. 893

Does Mississippi State have an edge in the most anticipated Egg Bowl ever?

The Mississippi State Bulldogs will have a completely different feel about them. Instead of being coached into the ground by Joe Moorhead, as long as they’re not being helicoptered into the air like Garrett Shrader, this rocking Starkville ship will be captained by none other than “The Pirate” himself, Mike Leach. He brings with him from Pac-12 country starting quarterback K.J. Costello.

While Leach was leading the Washington State Cougars up in Pullman, he clearly was paying attention to what was happening down at his division rival’s campus in Palo Alto. Costello had the feel of a future first-round pick as an underclassman at Stanford. However, injuries and a disappointing 2019 season led to Davis Mills getting the starting job and Costello transferring.

Though Mississippi State isn’t expected to do better than fifth place in the deep SEC West this year, there is reason to believe Costello will thrive in Leach’s Air Raid system. Costello could really sling it for the Cardinal, as he completed 62.6 percent of his passes for 6,151 yards, 49 touchdowns and 18 interceptions in his three years with the Stanford program.

The number of quarterbacks how have starred in the Air Raid system under Leach are innumerable. Even if it will only be a 10-game SEC-only schedule, look for Costello to still throw for over 4,000 yards and lead his new Power 5 conference in passing. Mississippi State might only be a .500 team, but he’s the perfect quarterback to star in this fascinating, pass-heavy offense.