At the end of a rather embarrassing 3-9 season, the Baylor Bears fired both coordinators and will pursue a fresh start. With his offensive coordinator fired and a seemingly unclear future at Baylor, quarterback Blake Shapen hit the transfer portal.
Shapen played in just eight games for Baylor in 2023 after battling injuries, but was productive, passing for 2,188 and 13 touchdowns to just three interceptions. In his career, Shapen has passed for over 5,000 yards and has a 36:13 TD-INT ratio. Where could Shapen transfer to?
Five Transfer Spots for Blake Shapen
If Shapen were to go the G5 route, his experience as a Shreveport native could come into play. Shreveport lies roughly an hour away from the Louisiana Tech campus. Hank Bachmeier has entered the transfer portal — intending to leave the Bulldogs — making it a situation Shapen could step into and lock down the starting job right away.
With Jeff Lebby taking over at Mississippi State and bringing his offense over, it could be a perfect match for Shapen. Will Rogers has transferred away, opening the door for him to step in as a starter in a QB-friendly offense. Shapen gets to stay in the Power Five and compete in the SEC.
Much like Mississippi State, this is a spot where Shapen could step into a productive Power Five program without much resistance.
Jack Plummer is out of eligibility following the end of the 2023 season. Jeff Brohm has already proven to be able to get the most out of quarterbacks in his system, and Louisville’s offense wouldn’t skip a beat. The Cardinals will be in the hunt for a portal quarterback this season, and Shapen is a good fit.
With Devin Leary out of eligibility, Kentucky could also be in the hunt for a quarterback in the portal. If Shapen is transferring with the desire to put himself on NFL radars, playing under Kentucky OC Liam Coen might be his best bet. Coen has gotten a productive season out of Leary, and years under Coen in the SEC might be an ideal NFL development plan for Shapen.
Oklahoma State Cowboys
If Shapen were feeling a bit vindictive against the Bears, heading to a Big 12 rival would be one way to show it. With Alan Bowman out of eligibility and no other proven quarterbacks on the roster, Shapen could step in right away and start for the Cowboys. Oklahoma State has already proven to be a quarterback-friendly offense over the years under Mike Gundy.