MAC MVP, Toledo QB Dequan Finn Enters NCAA Transfer Portal
LARAMIE -- Some of college football's top quarterbacks entered free agency on Monday, the opening day of the NCAA Transfer.
Ohio State's Kyle McCord is testing the waters. So is Washington State's Cam Ward, Duke's Riley Leonard and Oklahoma's Dillion Gabriel.
There are others, too.
Kansas State's Will Howard is leaving. UCLA's Dante Moore and Miami's Tyler Van Dyke are, as well.
Dequan "DQ" Finn also announced his intentions to transfer.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound junior signal caller was named the Mid-American Conference MVP after throwing for 2,657 yards and 22 touchdowns this fall. The Detroit product led Toledo to an 11-2 record and a berth in the league title game last week.
Finn is the No. 18 overall player in the portal and the seventh-best quarterback, according to 247sports.com.
The Rockets will face Wyoming Dec. 30 in the Barstool Arizona Bowl in Tucson.
Finn, obviously, won't be in attendance.
Neither will the team's top offensive lineman, First Team All-MAC selection Vinny Sciury, reserve running back Micah Kelly and safety Nick Turner.
Wyoming currently has just two players in the portal. Running back DQ James, who was dismissed from the program in late September, officially announced his intent to transfer on Monday. So did cornerback Kolbey Taylor.
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Toledo's offensive attack, which goes as Finn goes, rolled up 426.2 yards per game in 2023. That included 5,542 yards of total offense and 58 touchdowns, both tops in the league. The Rockets score nearly 34 points an outing.
Finn was named MAC Offensive Player of the Week three times. He even earned that honor after completing 20-of-36 throws for 230 yards and a pair of touchdowns in an opening-day loss at Illinois. The former three-star prospect and "Mr. Football for the state of Michigan" also rushed for 75 yards and a score in that 30-28 setback.
The school rushing record for a QB belongs to Finn. He gashed UMass for 172 yards on the ground in a rout of the Minutemen. He completed 16-of-17 passes against Texas Southern. That 94.1 completion percentage is also the best mark in Toledo history.
Finn capped his final season with 563 rushing yards and added seven more touchdowns. He averaged nearly five yards per carry.
Toledo was 23-9 overall in games Finn started.
So, who will replace him in the desert?
That job likely falls on the shoulders of sophomore Tucker Gleason, a Georgia Tech transfer, who completed 14-of-21 throws for 199 yards and four touchdowns in a reserve role.
The Tampa product saw extended time in 2022, starting games against Eastern Michigan and Bowling Green. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound signal caller connected on 15-of-27 attempts for 238 yards and three scores in a 27-24 win in Ypsilanti. That performance earned Gleason MAC West Offensive Player of the Week honors.
He also threw for 329 yards and three touchdowns and added 106 rushing yards and two scores on the ground in a 42-35 loss to the Falcons.
Gleason will also benefit from having the nation's sixth-leading rusher Peny Boone. The junior was named the Offensive Player of the Year in the MAC after rushing for a conference-best 1,400 yards on just 194 carries. That's an average of 7.2 yards per attempt. Boone has also scored 16 touchdowns, including 15 on the ground.
Boone eclipsed the 100-yard mark eight times this fall, including a 211-yard outing against Western Michigan.
Gleason will also have help on the outside.
Jerjuan Newton leads the Rockets with 622 receiving yards on 47 catches. He also hauled in nine touchdown passes. Junior Vandeross wasn't far behind, snagging 44 balls for 611 yards and four scores through the air.
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