As we do every Monday, we unpack how the transfer portal has shaken up college football. Look no further than the two most important week 11 updates that happened to be teammates a year ago.
Joint players of the week
Highly rated transfer defenders Spencer Rattler as well as Caleb Williams taking home the Player of the Week awards after huge wins on Saturday. South Carolina and Rattler spurred Tennessee’s fifth-place finish, passing for 438 yards on 30 of 37 passes with six touchdowns. Rattler had the biggest game of his career, completing 81% of his passes. The 63 points scored by South Carolina were the highest ever allowed by Tennessee in an SEC game. Rattler’s top target, James Madison transfer Juice Wells, had 11 catches for 177 yards.
USC and quarterback Caleb Williams outplayed UCLA in a thriller 48-45, and Williams threw for 470 yards on 32 of 43 passes with two touchdowns and one interception. Williams is on the Heisman Trophy contenders list with 3,480 yards this season and a total of 33 touchdowns compared to three interceptions. He completed 64.9% of his shots. Williams completed passes to nine different receivers, including 11 catches and 178 passing yards through Pittsburgh. Jordan Addison. USC running back Austin Jones (Transfer from Stanford) did a great job replacing the injured Travis Daiwith 120 yards and two points.
Bedlam: Oklahoma ranks 22nd in the state of Oklahoma
The aforementioned former Rattler and Williams team, Oklahoma, got a good win over Oklahoma State on Saturday. UCF transfer defender Dillon Gabriel helped the Sooners get off to a quick start, leading them to a 28-0 first-quarter lead. Gabriel completed 20 of 40 passes for 259 yards and scored two goals with one quick touchdown. Transfer from Tennessee runs back Eric Gray executed 20 times for 90 yards and scored.
FCS transfer window opens
The FCS transfer portal opens on Monday. Last year, there were several high-scoring transfers that reached the Power Five level and helped their team in 2022.
- QB Cameron Ward (Incarnate Word to Washington State) … 2,772 passing yards, 21 TD, 8 INT; Cougars are 7-4 this season
- WR Antwine Wells (James Madison to South Carolina) … Leads the Gamecocks at receptions, receiving yards, TD receptions. JMU is now an FBS program but was in FCS in 2020.
- WR Tyler Hudson (Central Arkansas to Louisville … 63 records, 951 yards, TD; 1000 yards straight season record.
- FROM Jared Verse (Albany to Florida State) … 7.5 sacks, 14 TFL (both lead the team)
- DL Coby Turner (Richmond to Wake Forest) … 7.5 TFL, 2 FF; off-season PFF and 247 Transfer AA Team
- DB Darius Joyner (Western Illinois to Duke) … Leading player on Duke’s vastly improved 7-4 team (3-9 last season)
Georgia Tech transfer – heavy breakdown no. 13 North Carolina
Georgia Institute of Technology 4-3 under interim head coach Brent Key, with Saturday’s biggest win against UNC. Eliminated a 17-0 deficit with 21 consecutive points to deal with the upset. With the departures of Jeff Sims and reserve Zach Prion from the starting lineup, Georgia Tech turned to third and fourth roster quarterbacks. Zack Gibson (from Akron) and Taysun Fommachan (from Clemson) to lead the return. Gibson went 13 of 18 for 174 yards as Fommachan rushed for a touchdown. On the way back Hassan Hall (from Louisville) rushed for over 100 yards and got a TD go-ahead in the 4th quarter. Linebacker Keyon White (transferring from Old Dominion in 2021) had seven tackles, three sacks and four tackles per loss. White caused a lot of buzz in the NFL Draft.
- Jayden de Laura struggled to counter his former Washington State teammates, throwing four interceptions in a 31–20 loss; his replacement at Pullman, Cameron Ward (transmission of Incarnate Word) was 25 of 36 for 193 yards and one point.
- Indiana RB Sean Shivers had a good day in a double win over Michigan State in the OT with 13 carries for 115 yards and two touchdowns, including a second overtime win. Jalen Berger (Wisconsin Transfer) played well in a 21-carry loss for 119 yards.
- Ole Miss RB Zach Evans eclipsed by freshman running back Queenshon Judkins This season, he rushed for 207 yards and threw a touchdown in a loss to Arkansas. This is the first game in the 200 yard dash for the former 5-star runner.
- Bowling Green WR Odier Hilary, from Alabama A&M, had a great day at the MACtion last Tuesday with 8 receptions, 246 yards and two goals in a win over Toledo. Teams combined for 938 offensive yards.