Alabama grabbing wide receiver Richard Mullaney from Oregon State last season paid dividends towards winning their 16th national title and becoming the first SEC team to win the CFB Playoff National Championship. Mullaney had a career best five receiving touchdowns and played in 15 games, his most ever in his college career. Now the Crimson Tide hope that for the second year in a row that landing another graduate transfer will have a repeat effort towards number 17.
Gehrig Dieter from Bowling Green is headed to his third school and his third conference in the last four years. Dieter started out at SMU under June Jones in 2012, only to see limited action in C-USA. Dieter only had 10 receptions with 168 yards and a touchdown for the Mustangs. The lack of action forced Dieter to transfer to Bowling Green, only he had to sit out a year under NCAA rules. It was with the Falcons in the MAC that he saw action in 2014 and 2015 after graduating.
Dieter went from 168 yards in one season to 1,493 in two as he also recorded 11 receiving touchdowns, 10 of those last season. Dieter was ranked fourth in the MAC in receptions per game and seventh in receiving yards per game. He was part of an offense that was first in total and passing offense in the MAC last season, and was also with the Falcons when they won two consecutive MAC Championships in 2014 and 2015. Now he will transfer to a team who also won two consecutive SEC Championships down in Tuscaloosa.
Dieter will most likely start along with the likes of Calvin Ridley and ArDarius Stewart as he replaces Mullaney with multiple experience. I have read that Dieter is notorious for one-handed grabs, and that should get Lane Kiffin giddy. Anyone with that kind of talent can be huge for the defending SEC and CFB Playoff National Champions.
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