Major Applewhite continues to add talent to the roster, and this time added an offensive player. Former Tennessee quarterback Quinten Dormady decided to join the Cougars as a graduate transfer. He will be eligible immediately. He started Tennesse’s first five games before eventually being replaced by Jarrett Guarantano.
Dormady’s stats from last season: 76-for-137 (55.5%), 925 yards, 6td-6int.
Tennesse signed Dormady out of Boerne, Texas, beating out Alabama and Texas for the former four star and No. 8 pro-style quarterback in the 2015 class. Houston also originally offered him out of high school. At 6-4, 222 pounds, he gives the Cougars a big quarterback with experience they needed. With just D’Eriq King, Bryson Smith and Clayton Tune listed at the position, Dormady provides a player that could step in and play if something happens to King.
Houston’s familiar with adding a transfer at the quarterback position, and I think it’s safe to say that many are hoping that this one works out better than the last one. Kyle Allen’s time with the Cougars was short and disappointing for both sides. Dormady isn’t a dual threat like King is, so it will be interesting to see how he would be used in the offense. Offensive coordinator Kendal Briles has indicated that he wants to look downfield more, so that could benefit his newest addition.
How Dormady will do with the Cougars remains to be seen. His five starts at Tennessee were inconsistent. Against Georgia Tech, Florida, and Georgia, he went 46-for-92 (50%) for 544 yards with three touchdowns and five interceptions, and Tennessee went 1-2. Against Indiana State and UMass, he went 30-for-45 (67%) for 381 yards with three touchdowns and one interception with the Volunteers going 2-0. He saw sporadic time in the previous two years as well, going 24-for-39 (61%) with one touchdown.
Houston’s coaching staff has been busy on the transfer recruiting trail this offseason, and it sounds like they may not be done.
The arrival of QB Quinten Dormady could be the first of several graduate transfer pickups for the Cougars heading into the summer. Cougars expected to make a push at several key spots.— Joseph Duarte (@Joseph_Duarte) April 18, 2018
Applewhite has added some great talent to the team, and any further additions should be additional depth at positional needs like linebacker and receiver. He’s already added some big names with Deontay Anderson, Darrion Owens, and Isaiah Chambers, and Dormady is just the latest former four star to be added to the team. If Applewhite’s staff can keep adding talent like this, Houston’s hype going into the season will only continue to grow.