After only a brief stay with the Louisville Cardinals, former Nebraska quarterback Luke McCaffrey went to the transfer portal again. This time, he’s heading to the state of Texas and joining the Rice Owls.
The move isn’t entirely out of left field when you look at the Rice coaching staff. Rice’s head coach is Mike Bloomgren, who served as Stanford’s offensive coordinator before taking the Owls job in 2018.
Bloomgren’s star pupil with the Cardinals? None other than Christian McCaffrey, Luke McCaffrey’s older brother-turned-Heisman finalist.
The overall reaction to the Luke McCaffrey transfer news has been positive. Husker Nation certainly seems happy that McCaffrey is happy.
Luke McCaffrey to Rice. Good luck Luke!! https://t.co/TmpgQuMIZk
— Husker Recruiting | Nebraska CFB (@Husker_FB247) June 14, 2021
I love Luke McCaffrey. Loved when he was at Nebraska for the period. I sincerely hope he gets a opportunity to be starter somewhere.
But I’m stunned he’s transferring again.
— ᴄᴀᴍᴇʀᴏɴ ᴘᴀʀᴋᴇʀᴾᴼ (@CameronParkerPO) June 9, 2021
After his brief stint at Louisville, former #Huskers QB Luke McCaffrey has found another new school where he'll play for the coach that helped turn his older brother into a Heisman Trophy finalist. https://t.co/dnN4hDlvmk
— World-Herald Big Red (@OWHbigred) June 14, 2021
Given what Rice has at QB, won't surprise me if Luke McCaffrey is starting there. Arkansas, Houston and Texas right out of the box.
— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) June 14, 2021
Others have noticed how much it makes sense that McCaffrey would want to join up with Bloomgren. The prevailing sense appears to be that McCaffrey will get a chance to start very quickly.
After leaving Louisville last week, former Husker quarterback Luke McCaffrey has found another new school where he'll play for the coach who helped turn his older brother into a Heisman Trophy finalist. https://t.co/rAABP5vXA9
— Omaha World-Herald (@OWHnews) June 14, 2021
#Rice owls announce the signing of transfer QB Luke McCaffrey, who transfers from Nebraska.
— Vanessa Richardson (@SportsVanessa) June 14, 2021
Football tweet: Luke McCaffrey's latest landing spot is Rice, which is big for coach Mike Bloomgren. McCaffrey's college path is Nebraska-Louisville very briefly-Rice.
— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) June 14, 2021
Meanwhile, Kentucky Wildcats fans are continuing to have a laugh at their in-state rival’s expense:
— UK Fanatics (@UKFanaticsOnly) June 9, 2021
Getting named the starting quarterback is one thing. But actually getting wins at Rice could be another obstacle entirely.
Rice are just 7-23 under Mike Bloomgren. They have not had a winning season or been to a bowl game since 2014.
McCaffrey brings two years of Big Ten playing experience and a former four-star rating as a prospect though. If he has the goods, he could quickly emerge as a top player in Conference USA.
Good luck at Rice, Luke!