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Transfer portal breakdown: On3 transfer power rankings after Week 8

Mike Huguenin10/25/22
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Jayden Daniels had a big game as LSU beat previously unbeaten Ole Miss; he has had six games this season with 300 yards of total offense. (Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Here is our eighth set of rankings of college football’s most impactful transfers. This considers all four-year transfers, not just those who changed teams this offseason.

This is not simply a list of the most talented players out of the transfer portal. Talent and potential certainly are considered. But so is past performance and, especially, current production.

First is an overall transfer ranking; following that are position-by-position breakdowns. These rankings fluctuate weekly.

Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker remains No. 1 in the rankings. He threw for 276 yards and three TDs in the Vols’ it-was-sort-of-like-an-intrasquad-scrimmage 65-24 win over UT-Martin.

Among the big movers this week:

+ UCLA WR Jake Bobo: The Bruins lost to Oregon, their first setback of the season, but Bobo continued his strong play. He had eight receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown in a 45-30 loss. Bobo has 17 catches, 265 yards and five TDs in the past three games. He led Duke with 74 receptions last season, but while he’s not going to match that total this fall, he already has doubled the number of TD receptions he had in four seasons at Duke (six to three).

+ LSU QB Jayden Daniels: After a somewhat inconsistent start to the season, Daniels has put up big numbers two weeks in a row. He threw for 248 yards and two TDs and rushed for 121 and three more scores as LSU pounded previously unbeaten Ole Miss 45-20. That’s 369 yards of offense and five TDs. The week before, he accounted for 393 yards and six TDs in a 45-35 win over Florida. He has had six games this season with at least 300 yards of total offense and now has rushed for nine touchdowns in eight games. In his three seasons at Arizona State, he had 13 total rushing TDs and accounted for 300 yards of offense nine times.

+ Marshall RB Khalan Laborn: Despite winning at Notre Dame in Game Two, Marshall has struggled this season. But Laborn keeps on producing. He rushed for 151 yards and two TDs as the Herd upset James Madison 26-12; it was Marshall’s first win over a FBS school since beating the Irish. It was his fourth 150-yard game of the season, and he has reached the 100-yard plateau in all seven. Saturday’s performance put him at 1,002 yards for the season; he’s one of only two players (Illinois’ Chase Brown is the other) who already has rushed for 1,000 yards. Laborn transferred from Florida State in the offseason after not playing at all last fall.

+ Oregon QB Bo Nix: Nix’s career renaissance has been startling. He and the Ducks’ offense basically were unstoppable in the 45-30 win over UCLA. Oregon scored on its first seven possessions and punted just once, on its final possession. Nix, who transferred from Auburn in the offseason, had 334 yards of total offense and accounted for five TDs. He finished 22-of-28 for 283 yards and five TDs, and also rushed for 51 yards. It was his second game this season with five TD passes and his fourth game in a row with 300 yards of total offense. He never had more than two games in a row with 300 yards of offense in his three seasons at Auburn. In addition, Nix has completed at least 72 percent of his passes in five of the Ducks’ seven games this season after not doing that in more than three games in any season at Auburn.

On to the rankings.

TOP 25 TRANSFERS

Player, schoolFormer school
1. QB Hendon Hooker, TennesseeVirginia Tech (left after 2020 season)
2. QB Caleb Williams, USCOklahoma
3. RB Chase Brown, IllinoisWestern Michigan (2018)
4. RB Zach Charbonnet, UCLAMichigan (2020)
5. QB Michael Penix Jr., WashingtonIndiana (2021)
6. QB Bo Nix, OregonAuburn (2021)
7. WR Charlie Jones, PurdueIowa (2021)
8. RB Jahmyr Gibbs, AlabamaGeorgia Tech (2021)
9. C Olusegun Oluwatimi, MichiganVirginia (2021)
10. QB Jayden Daniels, LSUArizona State (2021)
11. WR Jacob Cowing, ArizonaUTEP (2021)
12. QB Will Levis, KentuckyPenn State (2020)
13. WR Trey Palmer, NebraskaLSU (2021)
14. WR Jordan Addison, USCPitt (2021)
15. QB Cameron Rising, UtahTexas (2018)
16. QB Garrett Shrader, SyracuseMississippi State (2020)
17. LB Henry To’oTo’o, AlabamaTennessee (2020)
18. LB Ivan Pace Jr., CincinnatiMiami of Ohio (2021)
19. RB Khalan Laborn, MarshallFlorida State (2021)
20. RB Travis Dye, USCOregon (2021)
21. TE Dalton Kincaid, UtahSan Diego (2019)
22. G O’Cyrus Torrence, FloridaLouisiana (2021)
23. WR Jake Bobo, UCLADuke (2021)
24. LB Eric Gentry, USC              Arizona State (2021)
25. LB Daiyan Henley, Washington StateNevada (2021)

QUARTERBACKS

Player, schoolFormer school
1. Hendon Hooker, TennesseeVirginia Tech (2020)
2. Caleb Williams, USCOklahoma (2021)
3. Michael Penix Jr., WashingtonIndiana (2021)
4. Bo Nix, OregonAuburn (2021)
5. Jayden Daniels, LSUArizona State (2021)
6. Will Levis, KentuckyPenn State (2020)
7. Cameron Rising, UtahTexas (2018)
8. Garrett Shrader, SyracuseMississippi State (2020)
9. Dillon Gabriel, OklahomaUCF (2021)
10. Quinn Ewers, TexasOhio State (2021)
11. Taulia Tagovailoa, MarylandAlabama (2019)
12. Jayden de Laura, ArizonaWashington State (2021)
13. Todd Centeio, James MadisonColorado State (2021)
14. Tanner Mordecai, SMUOklahoma (2020)
15. Jordan Travis, Florida StateLouisville (2018)
16. John Rhys Plumlee, UCFOle Miss (2021)
17. Adrian Martinez, Kansas StateNebraska (2021)
18. Cameron Ward, Washington StateIncarnate Word (2021)
19. Kyle Vantrease, Georgia SouthernBuffalo (2021)
20. Austin Reed, Western KentuckyWest Florida (2021)

RUNNING BACKS

Player, schoolFormer school
1. Chase Brown, IllinoisWestern Michigan (2018)
2. Zach Charbonnet, UCLAMichigan (2020)
3. Jahmyr Gibbs, AlabamaGeorgia Tech (2021)
4. Khalan Laborn, MarshallFlorida State (2021)
5. Travis Dye, USCOregon (2021)
6. Zach Evans, Ole Miss             TCU (2021)
7. Xazavian Valladay, Arizona StateWyoming (2021)
8. Eric Gray, OklahomaTennessee (2020)
9. Dae Dae Hunter, LibertyHawaii (2021)
10. Mar’Keise “Bucky” Irving, OregonMinnesota (2021)
11. Montrell Johnson, FloridaLouisiana (2021)
12. Tavion Thomas, UtahCincinnati (2019)
13. Samson Evans, Eastern MichiganIowa (2019)
14. Calvin Tyler Jr., Utah StateOregon State (2020)
15. Re’Mahn Davis, VanderbiltTemple (2020)

WIDE RECEIVERS

Player, schoolFormer school
1. Charlie Jones, PurdueIowa (2021)
2. Jacob Cowing, ArizonaUTEP (2021)
3. Trey Palmer, NebraskaLSU (2021)
4. Jordan Addison, USCPitt (2021)
5. Jake Bobo, UCLADuke (2021)
6. Ali Jennings, Old DominionWest Virginia (2020)
7. Isaiah Winstead, East CarolinaToledo (2021)
8. Keytaon Thompson, VirginiaMississippi State (2019)
9. Daewood Davis, Western KentuckyOregon (2019)
10. Tayvion Robinson, KentuckyVirginia Tech (2021)
11. Antwane Wells Jr., South CarolinaJames Madison (2021)
12. Shocky Jacques-Louis, AkronPitt (2021)
13. Kris Thornton, James MadisonVMI (2018)
14. Jeremy Singleton, Georgia SouthernHouston (2021)
15. Grant Dubose, CharlotteMiles College (2020)

TIGHT ENDS

Player, schoolFormer school
1. Dalton Kincaid, UtahSan Diego (2019)
2. Ryan Jones, East CarolinaOklahoma (2019 – as LB)
3. Tanner McLachlan, ArizonaSouthern Utah (2021)
4. George Takacs, Boston CollegeNotre Dame (2021)
5. Caleb Phillips, HawaiiStanford (2020 – as LB)

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Player, schoolFormer school
1. C Olusegun Oluwatimi, MichiganVirginia (2021)
2. G O’Cyrus Torrence, FloridaLouisiana (2021)
3. C Jacob Gall, BaylorBuffalo (2020)
4. T Raiqwon O’Neal, UCLARutgers (2021)
5. T Gerald Mincey, TennesseeFlorida (2021)
6. T Tyler Steen, AlabamaVanderbilt (2021)
7. C Alan Ali, TCUSMU (2021)
8. C Mike Novitsky, KansasBuffalo (2020)
9. G Marcus Minor, PittMaryland (2020)
10. G Chuck Filiaga, MinnesotaMichigan (2021)
11. G Dillan Gibbons, Florida StateNotre Dame (2020)
12. G Doug Nester, West VirginiaVirginia Tech (2020)
13. G McKade Mettauer, OklahomaCalifornia (2021)
14. C Bryan Hudson, LouisvilleVirginia Tech (2020)
15. T Ryan Swoboda, UCFVirginia (2021)

EDGE RUSHERS

Player, schoolFormer school
1. Jared Verse, Florida StateAlbany (2021)
2. Jacoby Windmon, Michigan StateUNLV (2021)
3. Laiatu Latu, UCLAWashington (2021)
4. Jeremiah Martin, WashingtonTexas A&M (2020)
5. Lonnie Phelps, KansasMiami of Ohio (2021)
6. Hunter Echols, ArizonaUSC (2021)
7. Ochaun Mathis, NebraskaTCU (2021)
8. Thomas Incoom, Central MichiganValdosta State (2019)
9. Brenton Cox, Florida              Georgia (2018)
10. George Tarlas, Boise StateWeber State (2021)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Player, schoolFormer school
1. Siaki Ika, BaylorLSU (2020)
2. Kobie Turner, Wake ForestRichmond (2021)
3. Mekhi Wingo, LSUMissouri (2021)
4. Jowon Briggs, CincinnatiVirginia (2020)
5. Akheem Mesidor, MiamiWest Virginia (2021)
6. Cory Durden, NC StateFlorida State (2020)
7. Nesta Jade Silvera, Arizona StateMiami (2021)
8. Kyler Baugh, MinnesotaHouston Baptist (2021)
9. Ja’Mion Franklin, DukeNotre Dame (2019)
10. Dennis Osagiede, LibertyStephen F. Austin (2021)

LINEBACKERS

Player, schoolFormer school
1. Henry To’oTo’o, AlabamaTennessee (2020)
2. Ivan Pace Jr., CincinnatiMiami of Ohio (2021)
3. Eric Gentry, USCArizona State (2021)
4. Daiyan Henley, Washington StateNevada (2021)
5. Drew Sanders, ArkansasAlabama (2021)
6. Ayinde Eley, Georgia TechMaryland (2020)
7. Troy Brown, Ole MissCentral Michigan (2021)
8. Shane Lee, USCAlabama (2021)
9. Tatum Bethune, Florida StateUCF (2021)
10. Jackson Sirmon, CaliforniaWashington (2021)
11. Darius Muasau, UCLAHawaii (2021)
12. Ty’Ron Hopper, MissouriFlorida (2021)
13. Johnny Hodges, TCUNavy (2021)
14. Rich Miller, KansasBuffalo (2020)
15. Dallas Gant, ToledoOhio State (2021)

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Player, schoolFormer school
1. S Jammie Robinson, Florida StateSouth Carolina (2020)
2. CB Mekhi Blackmon, USCColorado (2021)
3. CB Christian Gonzalez, OregonColorado (2021)
4. S Brandon Joseph, Notre DameNorthwestern (2021)
5. CB Dwight McGlothern, ArkansasLSU (2021)
6. S Mark Perry, TCUColorado (2021)
7. CB Keidron Smith, KentuckyOle Miss (2021)
8. S Darius Joiner, DukeWestern Illinois (2021)
9. CB Anthony Johnson, VirginiaLouisville (2020)
10. S Michael Dowell, Miami (Ohio)Michigan State (2021)
11. CB Alex Hogan, HoustonTexas Tech (2020)
12. S Greg Brooks Jr., LSUArkansas (2021)
13. S Marquis Waters, Texas TechDuke (2020)
14. S Bentlee Sanders, NevadaUSF (2020)
15. S Kobe Hylton, UTEPLouisiana (2021)