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Transfer portal breakdown: On3 transfer power rankings after Week 4

Mike Huguenin09/27/22
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Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker, in his second season with the Vols, leads the SEC in total offense. (James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Here is our fourth 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 current production.

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

USC quarterback Caleb Williams remains atop the list. And his go-to receiver, Jordan Addison, remains second.

Among the big movers this week:

+ Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker: Hooker, a fifth-year senior, set a career-high in total offense with 461 yards in the Vols’ 38-33 victory over Florida; it was just their second win over the Gators in 18 seasons. Hooker threw for 349 yards and two TDs, and added 112 yards and a touchdown on the ground. He leads the SEC in total offense at 342.0 yards per game.

+ Washington QB Michael Penix Jr.: Penix continued his high-level play, throwing for 309 yards and two touchdowns as the Huskies blasted Stanford 40-22. Penix transferred from Indiana in the offseason and has helped the Huskies start 4-0, matching their win total from last season. He has thrown for 300 yards and at least two touchdowns in all four games.

+ Purdue WR Charlie Jones: Jones had 21 catches in his Iowa career; he already has 41 for the Boilermakers (2-2), including nine for 59 yards and two scores in a 28-26 win over FAU. Purdue was without starting QB Aidan O’Connell, so sixth-year senior Austin Burton made just the second start of his career and tossed three TD passes. Jones has had at least nine receptions in all four games, with a TD catch in each. He had three TD catches as a Hawkeye. Jones leads the nation in receptions, is tied for the lead with seven TD catches and is third in receiving yards per game (133.3).

+ USC RB Travis Dye: Williams and Addison have gotten most (all?) of the USC transfer attention, but Dye now has had three 100-yard games in a row. He had his best game as a Trojan in the 17-14 slugfest win over Oregon State, with 19 carries for 133 yards and a TD. He now is fourth in the Pac-12 in rushing at 90.0 yards per game and is averaging 7.4 yards per carry. Dye is an Oregon transfer and he loves playing against the Beavers: In five games against Oregon State, Dye has rushed for 615 yards and five TDs. He has gained at least 91 yards in all five games.

On to the rankings.

TOP 25 TRANSFERS

Player, schoolFormer school
1. QB Caleb Williams, USCOklahoma (left after 2021 season)
2. WR Jordan Addison, USCPitt (2021)
3. QB Hendon Hooker, TennesseeVirginia Tech (2020)
4. RB Chase Brown, IllinoisWestern Michigan (2018)
5. QB Michael Penix Jr., WashingtonIndiana (2021)
6. WR Charlie Jones, PurdueIowa (2021)
7. LB Drew Sanders, ArkansasAlabama (2021)
8. QB Will Levis, KentuckyPenn State (2020)
9. C Olusegun Oluwatimi, MichiganVirginia (2021)
10. WR Jacob Cowing, ArizonaUTEP (2021)
11. QB Dillon Gabriel, OklahomaUCF (2021)
12. QB Garrett Shrader, SyracuseMississippi State (2020)
13. RB Zach Charbonnet, UCLAMichigan (2020)
14. LB Henry To’oTo’o, AlabamaTennessee (2020)
15. G O’Cyrus Torrence, FloridaLouisiana (2021)
16. WR Mitchell Tinsley, Penn StateWestern Kentucky (2021)
17. QB Tanner Mordecai, SMUOklahoma (2020)
18. RB Travis Dye, USCOregon (2021)
19. EDGE Jared Verse, Florida StateAlbany (2021)
20. DT Siaki Ika, BaylorLSU (2020)
21. LB Eric Gentry, USCArizona State (2021)
22. S Brandon Joseph, Notre DameNorthwestern (2021)
23. LB Daiyan Henley, Washington StateNevada (2021)
24. S Jammie Robinson, Florida StateSouth Carolina (2020)
25. EDGE Jacoby Windmon, Michigan StateUNLV (2021)

QUARTERBACKS

Player, schoolFormer school
1. Caleb Williams, USCOklahoma (left after 2021 season)
2. Hendon Hooker, TennesseeVirginia Tech (2020)
3. Michael Penix Jr., WashingtonIndiana (2021)
4. Will Levis, KentuckyPenn State (2020)
5. Dillon Gabriel, OklahomaUCF (2021)
6. Garrett Shrader, SyracuseMississippi State (2020)
7. Tanner Mordecai, SMUOklahoma (2020)
8. Cameron Rising, UtahTexas (2018)
9. Jayden Daniels, LSUArizona State (2021)
10. Jordan Travis, Florida StateLouisville (2018)
11. Jake Haener, Fresno StateWashington (2019)
12. Taulia Tagovailoa, MarylandAlabama (2019)
13. Quinn Ewers, TexasOhio State (2021)
14. Bo Nix, OregonAuburn (2021)
15. Cameron Ward, Washington StateIncarnate Word (2021)

RUNNING BACKS

Player, schoolFormer school
1. Chase Brown, IllinoisWestern Michigan (2018)
2. Zach Charbonnet, UCLAMichigan (2020)
3. Travis Dye, USCOregon (2021)
4. Zach Evans, Ole Miss             TCU (2021)
5. Eric Gray, OklahomaTennessee (2020)
6. Xazavian Valladay, Arizona StateWyoming (2021)
7. Khalan Laborn, MarshallFlorida State (2021)
8. Tavion Thomas, UtahCincinnati (2019)
9. Montrell Johnson, FloridaLouisiana (2021)
10. Henry Parrish, MiamiOle Miss (2021)
11. Dae Dae Hunter, LibertyHawaii (2021)
12. Mar’Keise “Bucky” Irving, OregonMinnesota (2021)
13. Tiyon Evans, LouisvilleTennessee (2021)
14. Aidan Robbins, UNLVLouisville (2021)
15. Re’Mahn Davis, VanderbiltTemple (2020)

WIDE RECEIVERS

Player, schoolFormer school
1. Jordan Addison, USCPitt (2021)
2. Charlie Jones, PurdueIowa (2021)
3. Jacob Cowing, ArizonaUTEP (2021)
4. Mitchell Tinsley, Penn StateWestern Kentucky (2021)
5. Keytaon Thompson, VirginiaMississippi State (2019)
6. Antwane Wells Jr., South CarolinaJames Madison (2021)
7. Tayvion Robinson, Kentucky             Virginia Tech (2021)
8. Johnny Wilson, Florida StateArizona State (2021)
9. Ali Jennings, Old DominionWest Virginia (2020)
10. Trey Palmer, NebraskaLSU (2021)
11. Tory Horton, Colorado StateNevada (2021)
12. Tyler Hudson, LouisvilleCentral Arkansas (2021)
13. Daewood Davis, Western KentuckyOregon (2019)
14. Grant Dubose, CharlotteMiles College (2020)
15. Javon Baker, UCFAlabama (2021)

TIGHT ENDS

Player, schoolFormer school
1. Dalton Kincaid, UtahSan Diego (2019)
2. George Takacs, Boston CollegeNotre Dame (2021)
3. Zack Kuntz, Old DominionPenn State (2019)
4. Michael Trigg, Ole MissUSC (2021)
5. Ryan Jones, East CarolinaOklahoma (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. G Doug Nester, West VirginiaVirginia Tech (2020)
5. T Raiqwon O’Neal, UCLARutgers (2021)
6. C Mike Novitsky, KansasBuffalo (2020)
7. T Quinn Carroll, MinnesotaNotre Dame (2021)
8. T Tyler Steen, AlabamaVanderbilt (2021)
9. G Dillan Gibbons, Florida StateNotre Dame (2020)
10. G McKade Mettauer, OklahomaCalifornia (2021)

EDGE RUSHERS

Player, schoolFormer school
1. Jared Verse, Florida StateAlbany (2021)
2. Jacoby Windmon, Michigan StateUNLV (2021)
3. Brenton Cox, FloridaGeorgia (2018)
4. Eku Leota, AuburnNorthwestern (2020)
5. Hunter Echols, ArizonaUSC (2021)
6. Ochaun Mathis, NebraskaTCU (2021)
7. Lonnie Phelps, KansasMiami of Ohio (2021)
8. Solomon Byrd, USCWyoming (2021)
9. Grayson Murphy, UCLANorth Texas (2021)
10. Laiatu Latu, UCLAWashington (2021)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Player, schoolFormer school
1. Siaki Ika, BaylorLSU (2020)
2. Mekhi Wingo, LSUMissouri (2021)
3. Cory Durden, NC StateFlorida State (2020)
4. Jeffery Johnson, OklahomaTulane (2021)
5. Akheem Mesidor, MiamiWest Virginia (2021)
6. Jowon Briggs, CincinnatiVirginia (2020)
7. Kobie Turner, Wake ForestRichmond (2021)
8. Landon Jackson, ArkansasLSU (2021)
9. JH Tevis, IndianaCalifornia (2021)
10. Kyler Baugh, MinnesotaHouston Baptist (2021)

LINEBACKERS

Player, schoolFormer school
1. Drew Sanders, ArkansasAlabama (2021)
2. Henry To’oTo’o, AlabamaTennessee (2020)
3. Eric Gentry, USCArizona State (2021)
4. Daiyan Henley, Washington StateNevada (2021)
5. Ivan Pace Jr., CincinnatiMiami of Ohio (2021)
6. Troy Brown, Ole MissCentral Michigan (2021)
7. Jacquez Jones, KentuckyOle Miss (2020)
8. Shane Lee, USCAlabama (2021)
9. Ty’Ron Hopper, MissouriFlorida (2021)
10. Jackson Sirmon, CaliforniaWashington (2021)
11. Tatum Bethune, Florida StateUCF (2021)
12. Ayinde Eley, Georgia TechMaryland (2020)
13. Colby Reeder, Iowa StateDelaware (2021)
14. Darius Muasau, UCLAHawaii (2021)
15. James Miller, South AlabamaIndiana (2021)

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Player, schoolFormer school
1. S Brandon Joseph, Notre DameNorthwestern (2021)
2. S Jammie Robinson, Florida StateSouth Carolina (2020)
3. NB Tanner McCalister, Ohio StateOklahoma State (2021)
4. CB Mekhi Blackmon, USCColorado (2021)
5. CB Dwight McGlothern, ArkansasLSU (2021)
6. S Isheem Young, Ole MissIowa State (2021)
7. CB Christian Gonzalez, OregonColorado (2021)
8. CB Mekhi Garner, LSULouisiana (2021)
9. CB Keidron Smith, KentuckyOle Miss (2021)
10. S Greg Brooks Jr., LSUArkansas (2021)
11. S Mark Perry, TCUColorado (2021)
12. S Chris Jefferson, PurdueFindlay (2020)
13. CB Jay Shaw, WisconsinUCLA (2021)
14. S Bentlee Sanders, NevadaUSF (2020)
15. S Jalen Green, Mississippi StateTexas (2020)