Three former Big 12 players will be in new uniforms next season. Former Oklahoma offensive tackle Christian Daimler is headed to Texas A&M to help out that other Texas school, former West Virginia lineman Marcell Lazard is headed Boston College, and former TCU running back Trevorris Johnson is headed to Oregon State.
Christian Daimler to Texas A&M
Diamler announced he was leaving the Sooners about a week ago and it didn’t take him long to find a new home. On Saturday, he announced he is following in QB Trevor Knight’s footsteps and will play next season in College Station.
No official reason was given for the move, but Diamler struggled to find playing time in Norman. He didn’t see the field until last season, his redshirt junior year, and even then he only saw action in three games behind Orlando Brown and Bobby Evans.
Diamler has one more season of eligibility and as a graduate transfer, he will be able to play immediately.
Marcell Lazard to Boston College
It was reported in late March that Lazard was no longer with the Mountaineers, after not appearing at any spring practices. Losing Lazard is a blow. The offensive lineman saw playing time as a redshirt freshman in 2014, and that was just the start. He saw significant minutes in 2015. He played in all 13 games and started in six of them. Last season, he played in 12 games for West Virginia and started in half of those as well. It goes without saying that coach Dana Holgorsen probably expected him to provide valuable minutes up front this season. Instead, he will be taking his experience to Boston College.
Lazard is a graduate transfer and the move will bring him, a New Jersey native, a little closer to home. The Eagles are also in need of some help along their O-line. Especially has it looks like Elijah Johnson will miss significant time.
Trevorris Johnson to Oregon State
While always buried on the depth chart, Johnson has found ways to contribute. He’s a guy that can come in and help share some of the load. In his redshirt freshman in 2014 he was ranked fourth in rushing yards at 302 yards on 53 carries. He played in 11 games his sophomore year and picked up his first career start against Kansas, but while his production improved, he saw fewer carries as he struggled to get over a fumbling issue. He earned 262 yards on 43 carries in 2015.
That trend continued in 2016. Johnson played in all 13 games, but picked up just 41 carries; earning 225 yards. Johnson finished his TCU career with eight total touchdowns.
Johnson is on track to graduate in May, and like the other two above, is a graduate transfer.
If Johnson is looking for more playing time though, the move is odd. While he will certainly give the Beavers a third option and some depth at the position, he will have a hard time jumping Ryan Nall and Artavis Pierce in the rotation.
“This team is on the rise, and I’m just happy to be a part of it,” Johnson told The Oregonian. “I’m catching it at a good time, because next year’s gonna be big.”