Rare is the starting quarterback transfer that has the full-throated support of Twitter, but that’s what happened when Chris Oladokun, a redshirt sophomore from Sickles High (11 miles from USF’s campus) announced he is in the NCAA’s transfer portal.
Nothing like losing a kid from right down the street because you jerk him around repeatedly. He threw a dime TD pass vs. Cincinnati... drove down the field for another field goal... and then Brett Kean comes in just as he’s trying to get in a rhythm.
An undermanned USF was down 7-0 in the bowl game to Marshall after half a quarter... and he got yanked for Blake Barnett, who may or may not have been healthy enough to play in the first place. Two (2) series and seven total plays (his line: 3-5 for 18 yards) was enough.
And then poor Barnett, who couldn’t practice, comes in ice cold in the middle of the first quarter, and goes sack for -7, fumble for scoop and score in his first possession. BRILLIANT GAME PLANNING!
Chris was recruited to run the Gulf Coast Offense by Willie Taggart, but he redshirted his first year in 2016 behind Kean and the G.O.A.T Quinton Flowers. And when Charlie Strong’s staff arrives, he gets stuck in Sterlin Gilbert’s Veer & Shoot (yourself in the foot), which doesn’t fit his skill set, logic, reason, common sense, or even mildly rigorous intellectual standards, much less those of an accredited institution of higher education.
This absolutely sucks both for USF and for a kid that just wanted to play for the hometown team. And from what we know, he’s also a beloved and respected teammate. But it’s just one of those situations, and why the new NCAA transfer rules are a good thing: this is a kid that did everything the right way, and deserves to have a say in his destiny instead of being a victim of circumstances out of his control.
It looks like every single Bulls fan in his mentions on Twitter has been 100% supportive too. When even the droolers amongst #USFTwitter recognize it’s in his best interests to leave, that shows how screwed Chris was in his time on Fowler Avenue.
He leaves the Bulls after going 22-44 for 285 yards with 3 TD’s and 1 INT in 2018.