The theme of the fourth week of college football was redemption, and the transfer portal was at the center of it. Adrian Martinez and Kansas State eliminated Oklahoma, Bo Nicks was great in a comeback over Washington State, and Texas A&M officially came off the mat by defeating Arkansas, officially finding their quarterback (Max Johnson transfer) in the process.

Like every week, let’s break down the best of the week from the transfer portal (mainly with a focus on 2022 transfers).

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK TRANSFER PORTAL

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Saturday saw a big win for the former Nebraska quarterback. Adrian Martinez, who led his Kansas State team to victory over 6th seed Oklahoma. Martinez struggled through his four seasons in Nebraska, but at times showed glimmers of good quarterback play during his tenure at Lincoln. Martinez probably had the best game of his college career on Saturday when he completed 21 of 34 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown but did most of his damage on the ground, running for 148 yards and scoring four goals. Week of awards.

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247Sports gave Martinez a 90 rating in the 2022 transfer portal cycle and ranked him 94th overall. Volatility has always been Martinez’s struggle – he barely set the world on fire in 1-3 weeks – but if Martinez cbe the best version of yourself every week, he will end the year looking like one of the best transfers in the country. Kansas State is currently 3-1.

‘GOOD BO’ IS HERE TO STAY?

We were talking about Bo Nicks last week in Oregon, a big win over BYU. The Knicks and Ducks also pulled off another impressive victory over Washington State, where the Knicks threw for 428 yards and three touchdowns. He hit 33 of 44 passes – a 75 percent completion rate. The Knicks and Oregon have looked great ever since they lost to Georgia in the opener of the season. The Knicks did a great job delivering the ball to their outside playmakers like Troy Franklin, Chase Kota and Dont’y Thornton. This year he also ran 120 yards and landed three times on the ground. Oregon still has five weeks to sharpen its sword before facing Washington and Utah in November.

PENIX IN A HOT TOPIC

Washington Defender Michael Penix Jr. was arguably the best college football quarterback in four weeks. He threw 12 touchdowns compared to one interception and completed 64% of his passes. Penix, who came from Indiana, spent four years in Bloomington before reuniting in Washington with his old coach Calen DeBoer. He had flashes of greatness in Indiana but was resentful and inconsistent at times throughout his career. Penix is ​​playing his best football and leads the nation in passing yards with 1,388 passing yards for the year. He hasn’t taken the bag yet this season.

MASS DEPARTURES DOOM COACH BUSES

Head coaches get fired earlier and earlier every year. We already have three well-known head coaches who have been fired this year: Arizona State (Herm Edwards), Georgia Tech (Jeff Collins), and Nebraska (Scott Frost) are reopening. What is the general theme? These teams had major contributors who hit the transfer portal looking for other places to go.

The Sun Devils lost the most to the transfer portal, with starting quarterback Jayden Daniels, wide receiver Ricky Pearsall and Johnny Wilson, as well as Eric Gentry and Spencer Lovell leaving the team.

Georgia Tech top player Jameer Gibbs moved to Alabama during the offseason. Jem Griffin, Jared Ivey and Jordan Dominech also left the program.

Colorado has yet to let go of Carl Durrell, but that seems inevitable given the way their season is going. It just so happens that the Buffs have lost four of their best players to Portal ahead of this season in the safety of Christian Gonzalez, wide receiver Brenden Rice, guard Mekhi Blackmon and wide receiver Chris Carpenter.

2022 STARTING PORTAL WINNER

Judging by the first month of college football, the state of Florida has benefited the most from the transfer portal. Florida State needed to flip their roster after starting 0-4 last season, now they are 4-0 to start the year. Many thought head coach Mike Norvell was going nowhere, but ahead of this season they turned that around with some great additions to the transfer portal.

Renowned playmaker on the wingers, Johnny Wilson threw 13 for 272 yards and scored two goals. He averages 20.9 yards per catch. Trey Benson, who returned the transfer from Oregon, is coming into his own, averaging 7.2 yards per carry and throwing three touchdowns this season. His workload increased every week. Albany Defensive Transfer Jared Vers played well before his injury in Week 3 and scored 89 PFFs for the year. Guard Greedy Vance (from Louisville) played well. Receiver Mike Pittman shone from time to time, as did offensive lineman Dimitri Emmanuel and linebacker Tatum Bethune. Jamie Robinson, who transferred in 2021 from Boston College, also played well for the Seminoles.

OTHER NOTES

  • Our top forward on the transfer portal, Michigan center Victor Oluwatimi, continues to play good offensive football for the Wolverines. He helped Michigan defenseman Blake Corum rush for 243 yards and two touchdowns against Maryland on Saturday.
  • Ohio State’s Tanner McCallister, one of our top defensemen in the portal, had a good day against Wisconsin, with an interception and a missed pass that saved a touchdown. His familiarity with Jim Knowles’ defense system pays dividends at Columbus.
  • All three of the best statistical exits in Florida vs. Tennessee were transfers. The Vols’ Brew McCoy had five catches for 102 yards and a touchdown, while Florida’s Justin Shorter compiled seven catches and 155 yards. Ricky Pearsall also had five tackles for 103 yards and scored Saturday’s goal for the Gators.
  • Cincinnati linebacker Ivan Pace had a great day against Indiana. That day he had 15 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 4.5 TFL.
  • Ryan Stapp had a bag and two tackle for the Gophers. He is a transfer guard from the FCS program Abilene Christian and a player to watch for the future. We rated Stapp very highly as a sleeper on the transfer portal and gave him an 88 rating during the off-season.