College football’s transfer portal has been on fire since the 2023 regular season ended and it only got busier once the official open window came on December 4. With an influx of talented players moving around the country via the portal, the quarterback position has taken top billing.
Just hours after the portal window opened, Marshall Thundering Herd QB Cam Fancher announced his intentions to test college football’s open waters.
Cam Fancher Enters Transfer Portal
Fancher joined an already-loaded transfer portal, specifically at the quarterback position. No fewer than 120 quarterbacks have entered the portal at the time of Fancher’s decision, but his experience and ability as a quarterback will vault him near the top of the list for a program in need.
Throwing for 2,162 yards in 2023, Fancher scored 15 total touchdowns for the Herd this past season. However, he was subjected to a ton of pressure as the Marshall offensive line struggled to keep him clean in the pocket.
Still, Fancher made it work more often than he didn’t and even fared incredibly well against Power Five competition. Fancher threw for two and ran for two touchdowns in an overtime loss to NC State in early October.
He had three games of multiple passing touchdowns and ended the season with his best performance yet. Fancher completed 72.7% of his passes and scored five total touchdowns in a dominant showing against Arkansas State to close out his Marshall career.
Fancher has an elongated delivery from the pocket, but he makes it work with some quick decision-making. His left-handed delivery has shown to give some defenders trouble at figuring out his arm angles and his intended target.
He can buy time in the pocket and extend plays with his legs but is much stronger as a pocket passer if he’s given ample protection.
Keeping Fancher clean will be key to his success at his next stop and arguably could have been one of the biggest factors in his transfer decision.
Fancher’s Decision ‘Not a Surprise’
Making matters into Fancher’s decision to enter the transfer portal easier, it was clear the fans were torn on their support of Marshall’s quarterback. Boo birds often were heard during the final stretch of the season, despite Fancher’s shining moments.
Though not entirely his fault, some of the ill-fated throws during a two-game stretch that saw him throw five interceptions, Fancher clearly lost the admiration of his fans.
Speaking with WVBA’s Cassidy Wood, Marshall head coach Charles Huff said Fancher’s decision did not come as a surprise. Huff, however, detailed the troubles that Fancher had to deal with as the starting quarterback of a team that struggled down the stretch.
“There isn’t a lot of money for NIL and the fans hate him,” Huff told Wood. “The kid has been miserable.”
Stay tuned to College Football Network for all the latest on the transfer portal entrants and, ultimately, their decisions as the offseason rolls on.