With news of the Boise State Broncos firing head coach Andy Avalos, we can expect some players to hit the transfer portal. The Broncos have sustained several key losses already, and more are coming. Let’s look at the players who will entertain the idea of playing elsewhere in 2024.
Boise State Players Who Could Enter the Transfer Portal
Ashton Jeanty, RB
Ashton Jeanty single-handedly kept Boise State afloat offensively for much of the season, and no one would blame him if he decided to transfer. He was one of College Football Network’s top targets in a hypothetical trade deadline scenario, and he’d be highly coveted in the transfer portal.
He’s been especially important while veteran George Holani has been out with an injury, and his explosive play hasn’t gone unnoticed by those who watched him this year. If you don’t know his name yet, you’ll want to. Even if he stays put, Jeanty will be one of the best running backs in the country in 2024.
Boise State used Jeanty in multiple facets of its offense this year. As a runner, he’s rushed for 921 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also added 396 yards and 4 more scores through the air.
Taylen Green, QB
Coming into the 2023 season, Taylen Green had the chance to show his game had developed. A strong end to the 2022 season showed potential, but it never translated to this year. Green needs the right fit, and it’s unlikely that the new coaching staff would accommodate his skillset.
Transferring is the ideal option for him, as he can find a team that’s willing to give his game a chance and truly work with him to develop. He’s a great runner with potential as a passer, but his new team will need to be patient.
The tools are all there for him to thrive. At 6’6″ and 215 pounds, his frame is enough to get teams to bite on his potential. It would most likely be with another Group of Five program or even an FCS school, but Green would still be a desirable player from the transfer portal.
Ahmed Hassanein, DT
The Broncos defense hasn’t been itself lately, but there are a few players that stood out despite their struggles. Ahmed Hassanein would be a valuable transfer portal player thanks to his production this year.
At 6’3″ and 270 pounds, he can add bulk to his frame to get even better, but his 12 tackles for loss and nine sacks show that he can produce with his current frame. With a new coaching staff coming in, Hassanein can always test the waters and then come back. That new staff has to recruit the current roster anyway, so it wouldn’t hurt him to see what’s available.
DJ Schramm, LB
We haven’t heard much from DJ Schramm this year due to an injury, but he’s a talented player who could find success with a new program. An underrated athlete, he fits the description of a menacing linebacker even before the ball is snapped. Though he hasn’t had the most productive year, he produced 107 tackles and 11.5 tackles for loss in 2022.
Andrew Simpson, LB
A trend we see all the time in college football is Group of Five players capitalizing on their early success. Andrew Simpson is having a breakout season, and he has earned the right to explore Power Five opportunities. His skill set and production warrant potential attention.
He’s an athletic linebacker who can do it all for a defense, and that will be coveted in conferences with explosive offenses. He’s produced 51 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, and one interception so far this season.