Since the creation of the NCAA’s “transfer portal,” it could be argued that more players – especially starters – have left Troy University than almost any other school in the Group of Five, and that continued on Jan. 8 when All-Sun Belt punter/kicker Tyler Sumpter entered it.
Sumpter announced – via Twitter – that he was entering the transfer portal as a graduate transfer.
“After much consideration, and after talking it over with my family, I have decided to enter the transfer portal as a graduate transfer,” Sumpter said in a statement. “Troy has been a great experience and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds.”
The Hoover native has converted 39-of-51 field goal attempts over his Troy career along with a school record 125-of-125 extra point attempts. He also ranks seventh all-time on Troy’s career points list with 242 career points. His 45.1 yards per punt in 2018 was also a school record. He also set an FBS record of 10 made field goals over a three-game period in 2018.
Sumpter also averages 42.2 yards per punt in his career and was named an All-Sun Belt punter in both 2018 and 2019 along with being an All-Sun Belt kicker in 2018.
Wherever Sumpter lands he will be immediately eligible to play as a graduate transfer.
The transfer portal gives college athletes the opportunity to enter their name in a national database without the permission of their current school and allows other colleges to contact them to attempt to recruit them to transfer. Before the transfer portal’s creation, schools were not allowed to make first contact with an athlete currently on scholarship at another program and a player had to get permission from their current school to contact others.
While the transfer portal gives athletes – especially unhappy ones – many more opportunities, it has also had a big impact on smaller schools like Troy. Since the creation of the transfer portal the Trojans have lost eight starters, including All American cornerback Marcus Jones and three other all-conference players.
Troy also lost five backup players following the completion of the 2019 season as sophomore wide receiver Timmie Gibson, freshman receiver Donovan Curry, freshman linebacker Ahdarrious Gee, junior safety Koby Perry and sophomore lineman Travius Harris all announced their intentions to transfer.
Troy has also been the beneficiary of a few Power 5 players that have transferred in to Troy, including former Texas A&M running back Charles Strong, Iowa linebacker Jayden McDonald and Auburn defensive end Richard Jibunor. All three spent the entire 2019 season on campus and practicing with Troy and will be eligible to play in 2020.