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The transfers making the biggest impact in 2018

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Burrow: 'He put the ball in my hands' (0:50)

LSU QB Joe Burrow speaks with Marty Smith to discuss how the coaching staff put faith in him that he could lead his team down the field to win the game. (0:50)

With more transfers than ever before, there are a host of elite players making their marks in new places. From high-profile quarterbacks to in-the-trenches defensive linemen, transfers will shape this year's playoff race.

Here is a look at the transfers who are making the most significant impact at their new school.

1. Shea Patterson, QB, Michigan

Patterson was the most significant name of all Ole Miss transfers this past offseason and for a good reason. Last season, he passed for 2,259 yards and 17 touchdowns for the Rebels. Patterson's addition gives Michigan a legit top-level quarterback for the first time under Jim Harbaugh. After a tight opening loss to Notre Dame in which Patterson struggled, I believe he will get back to his true form and will have the Wolverines in contention for a Big Ten championship.

2. Joe Burrow, QB, LSU

Burrow was another player who attracted a lot of attention this past offseason. After initially committing to Ohio State, he rarely saw the field in two years. In minimal game action, he passed for 287 yards and two touchdowns. Like Patterson solidifying the quarterback spot at Michigan, Burrow will look to stabilize a position for the LSU that has been an area of concern the past few years. While his passing numbers have not been spectacular (completing just 46.2 percent of his passes), he did just lead LSU to a 22-21 road victory over Auburn. I do expect Burrow to improve as the season moves along.