BREAKING: Vander Waal adds name to transfer portal
LARAMIE -- Tyler Vander Waal, Wyoming's sophomore quarterback, who has started the team's last four games, added his name to the NCAA transfer portal Tuesday.
Now that is Vander Waal's name has been added, any college coach in the country can reach out to him for his services. However, if Vander Waal signs with another FBS program, he will still have to sit out for a full academic year. Some players attempt to get immediate eligibility, like in the case of Georgia quarterback, Justin Fields, who was able to play for Ohio State this season.
Vander Waal has had a tumultuous three-year career in Laramie that has seen him go from the unquestioned starter, to the back-up. He repeated that pattern this season when Sean Chambers was lost for the year with a leg injury. Over the past two games, Vander Waal has been sharing snaps with true freshman, Levi Williams.
Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl has been noncommittal about which quarterback will start for the Cowboys in the Arizona Bowl Dec. 31 in Tucson.
In his career, the Elk Grove, Calif., product completed roughly 50 percent of his passes while throwing for 1,822 yards and six touchdowns. Vander Waal had trouble with consistency -- and replacing first-round draft pick, Josh Allen -- tossing eight interceptions while compiling an overall record of 6-10.
Vander Waal's best game in a Cowboys uniform came in 2018 when he came off the bench to throw a pair of touchdown strikes and rush for two more in an unthinkable come-from-behind home victory over Air Force. He finished that snowy afternoon 14-of-26 for 225 yards after replacing the injured Chamber late in the first quarter.
Vander Waal, by rule, is eligible to play in the Arizona Bowl against Georgia State and plans to, according to sources close to the situation.
CORRECTION: In the original article, it was stated that Nick Szpor and Levi Williams would be the only two quarterbacks on the roster in Arizona. That was a mistake. We regret this error.