Pac-12 football transfers: USC, Oregon playmakers ready to make instant impact in league fueled by QB turnover

The Pac-12 is getting a significant makeover for the 2022 season as Lincoln Riley, Dan Lanning and Kalen DeBoer freshen the league’s coaching ranks at three of the league’s biggest brands in USC, Oregon and Washington, respectively. But the new faces in key places aren’t limited to coaches, as the league is also set for a good bit of turnover at the quarterback position.

Half of the conference’s 12 teams appear likely to start a first-year transfer at quarterback, including the Trojans, Ducks and Huskies. While the headliner among the group is USC’s Caleb Williams, who is following Riley from Oklahoma, he is just one of a few big name signal-callers arriving on the West Coast to try and reinvigorate a league seeking to snap a five-year College Football Playoff drought.

Beyond the QB spot, USC headlined most of the league’s other portal news by bringing in some impact skill players amid a significant transfer haul. But other programs picked up some transfer talent as well to help bolster their ranks ahead of the 2022 season.

As the countdown to the kickoff drags on, let’s take a look at the Pac-12’s top five overall incoming transfers, followed by an examination of the top transfer from each remaining team.

USC QB Caleb Williams

Williams met his lofty five-star prospect rating after taking over the starting job at Oklahoma midseason in 2021 during his true freshman campaign. Now he is joining Riley at USC to build on that initial success in a new conference. With a a deep well of playmakers around him, Williams should be one of the nation’s most productive quarterbacks in his new environment. He completed 64.5% of his passes with 21 touchdowns and four interceptions at OU last season, and that was in just seven starts. Now the starting job will be…

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