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Transfer portal breakdown: On3 transfer power rankings after Week 9

On3 Staff Report11/01/22
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USC QB Caleb Williams (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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

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

Among the big movers this week:

+ Florida State RB Trey Benson: With leading rusher Treshaun Ward injured and missing the past two games, Benson – a transfer from Oregon – has stepped up. He had his best game of the season in Saturday’s rout of Georgia Tech, rushing for 111 yards on 18 carries (6.2 yards per carry). Benson has rushed for 180 yards in the past two weeks, which is 37.3 percent of his eight-game total. With Ward apparently set to return this week against Miami, Benson’s production going forward is something to monitor.

+ Ole Miss QB Jaxson Dart: Dart was a key figure in the Rebels’ narrow win at Texas A&M. He rushed for 95 yards and also threw three TD passes (and no picks) in the 31-28 victory. His season passing numbers aren’t what was expected after he transferred from USC, but he has been a bigger-than-most-expected part of the Rebels’ prolific rushing attack all season. Ole Miss rushed for 390 yards against the Aggies.

+ Utah TE Dalton Kincaid: Kincaid, who transferred from FCS member San Diego after the 2019 season, continues to be the Utes’ top receiver. He had seven receptions for 56 yards and a TD as they held off Washington State on Thursday night. Kincaid has 46 receptions for 614 yards and seven TDs; he leads the nation’s tight ends in all three categories.

+ Florida State QB Jordan Travis: Travis, a fifth-year junior who transferred from Louisville after the 2018 season, had a career-high 389 yards of offense and threw three TD passes in the Seminoles’ easy win against Georgia Tech. He was 24-of-38 for a career-high 396 yards in the air; it was his second 300-yard game of the season as well as his second outing with three TD passes.

On to the rankings.

TOP 25 TRANSFERS

Player, schoolFormer school
1. QB Caleb Williams, USCOklahoma (left after 2021 season)
2. LB Ivan Pace Jr., CincinnatiMiami of Ohio (2021)
3. QB Hendon Hooker, TennesseeVirginia Tech (2020)
4. RB Chase Brown, IllinoisWestern Michigan (2018)
5. WR Jordan Addison, USCPitt (2021)
6. CB Dwight McGlothern, ArkansasLSU (2021)
7. LB Drew Sanders, ArkansasAlabama (2021)
8. G Chandler Zavala, NC StateFairmont State (2020)
9. EDGE Laiatu Latu, UCLAWashington (2021)
10. RB Zach Charbonnet, UCLAMichigan (2020)
11. WR Ali Jennings, Old DominionWest Virginia (2020)
12. G O’Cyrus Torrence, FloridaLouisiana (2021)
13. EDGE Lonnie Phelps, KansasMiami of Ohio (2021)
14. QB Michael Penix Jr., WashingtonIndiana (2021)
15. QB Bo Nix, OregonAuburn (2021)
16. TE Dalton Kincaid, UtahSan Diego (2019)
17. CB Mekhi Blackmon, USCColorado (2021)
18. RB Jahmyr Gibbs, AlabamaGeorgia Tech (2021)
19. WR Charlie Jones, PurdueIowa (2021)
20. EDGE Chico Bennett, VirginiaGeorgia Tech (2020)
21. WR Jacob Cowing, ArizonaUTEP (2021)
22. S Isheem Young, Ole MissIowa State (2021)
23. CB Eli Ricks, AlabamaLSU (2021)
24. RB Khalan Laborn, MarshallFlorida State (2021)
25. EDGE Jeremiah Martin, WashingtonTexas A&M (2020)

QUARTERBACKS

Player, schoolFormer school
1. Caleb Williams, USCOklahoma (2021)
2. Hendon Hooker, TennesseeVirginia Tech (2020)
3. Michael Penix Jr., WashingtonIndiana (2021)
4. Bo Nix, OregonAuburn (2021)
5. Cameron Rising, UtahTexas (2018)
6. Jordan Travis, Florida StateLouisville (2018)
7. Will Levis, KentuckyPenn State (2020)
8. Dillon Gabriel, OklahomaUCF (2021)
9. Quinn Ewers, TexasOhio State (2021)
10. Jayden Daniels, LSUArizona State (2021)
11. Jayden de Laura, ArizonaWashington State (2021)
12. Taulia Tagovailoa, MarylandAlabama (2019)
13. Cameron Ward, Washington StateIncarnate Word (2021)
14. Ben Bryant, CincinnatiEastern Michigan (2021)
15. Jaxson Dart, Ole MissUSC (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. Eric Gray, OklahomaTennessee (2020)
7. Mar’Keise “Bucky” Irving, OregonMinnesota (2021)
8. Zach Evans, Ole Miss      TCU (2021)
9. Trey Benson, Florida StateOregon (2021)
10. Dae Dae Hunter, LibertyHawaii (2021)
11. Xazavian Valladay, Arizona StateWyoming (2021)
12. Samson Evans, Eastern MichiganIowa (2019)
13. Henry Parrish, MiamiOle Miss (2021)
14. Montrell Johnson, FloridaLouisiana (2021)
15. Aidan Robbins, UNLVLouisville (2021)

WIDE RECEIVERS

Player, schoolFormer school
1. Jordan Addison, USCPitt (2021)
2. Ali Jennings, Old DominionWest Virginia (2020)
3. Charlie Jones, PurdueIowa (2021)
4. Jacob Cowing, ArizonaUTEP (2021)
5. Trey Palmer, NebraskaLSU (2021)
6. Johnny Wilson, Florida StateOregon (2021)
7. Isaiah Winstead, East CarolinaToledo (2021)
8. Kris Thornton, James MadisonVMI (2018)
9. Jake Bobo, UCLADuke (2021)
10. Luke McCaffrey, RiceLouisville* (2021)
11. Grant Dubose, CharlotteMiles College (2020)
12. Daewood Davis, Western KentuckyOregon (2019)
13. Michael Jefferson, LouisianaAlabama State (2020)
14. Sam Pinckney, Coastal CarolinaGeorgia State (2021)
15. Puka Nacua, BYUWashington (2020)

(NOTE: *–McCaffrey did not play at Louisville)

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. Travis Vokolek, NebraskaRutgers (2018)
5. Zack Kuntz, Old DominionPenn State (2019)

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Player, schoolFormer school
1. G Chandler Zavala, NC StateFairmont State (2020)
2. G O’Cyrus Torrence, FloridaLouisiana (2021)
3. T Kingsley Suamataia, BYUOregon (2021)
4. T Valentin Senn, UConnColorado (2020)
5. G Dominick Puni, KansasCentral Missouri (2021)
6. C Olusegun Oluwatimi, MichiganVirginia (2021)
7. C Alan Ali, TCUSMU (2021)
8. C Mike Novitsky, KansasBuffalo (2020)
9. T Tyler Steen, AlabamaVanderbilt (2021)
10. G McKade Mettauer, OklahomaCalifornia (2021)

EDGE RUSHERS

Player, schoolFormer school
1. Laiatu Latu, UCLAWashington (2021)
2. Lonnie Phelps, KansasMiami of Ohio (2021)
3. Chico Bennett, VirginiaGeorgia Tech (2020)
4. Jeremiah Martin, Washington      Texas A&M (2020)
5. Jared Verse, Florida StateAlbany (2021)
6. Akheem Mesidor, MiamiWest Virginia (2021)
7. Jacoby Windmon, Michigan StateUNLV (2021)
8. Mazin Richards, North TexasEastern New Mexico (2021)
9. Grayson Murphy, UCLANorth Texas (2021)
10. George Tarlas, Boise StateWeber State (2021)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Player, schoolFormer school
1. Dennis Osagiede, LibertyStephen F. Austin (2021)
2. Levi Bell, Texas StateLouisiana Tech (2021)
3. Jowon Briggs, CincinnatiVirginia (2020)
4. Kobie Turner, Wake ForestRichmond (2021)
5. J.J. Pegues, Ole MissAuburn (2021)
6. Lorenzo Hernandez, Western KentuckyMonmouth (2021)
7. Siaki Ika, BaylorLSU (2020)
8. Mekhi Wingo, LSUMissouri (2021)
9. Cory Durden, NC StateFlorida State (2020)
10. Nesta Jade Silvera, Arizona StateMiami (2021)

LINEBACKERS

Player, schoolFormer school
1. Ivan Pace Jr., CincinnatiMiami of Ohio (2021)
2. Drew Sanders, ArkansasAlabama (2021)
3. Daiyan Henley, Washington StateNevada (2021)
4. Troy Brown, Ole MissCentral Michigan (2021)
5. Ty’Ron Hopper, MissouriFlorida (2021)
6. Tatum Bethune, Florida StateUCF (2021)
7. Henry To’oTo’o, AlabamaTennessee (2020)
8. Eric Gentry, USCArizona State (2021)
9. Ayinde Eley, Georgia TechMaryland (2020)
10. Darius Muasau, UCLAHawaii (2021)

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Player, schoolFormer school
1. CB Dwight McGlothern, ArkansasLSU (2021)
2. CB Mekhi Blackmon, USCColorado (2021)
3. S Isheem Young, Ole MissIowa State (2021)
4. CB Eli Ricks, AlabamaLSU (2021)
5. CB D.J. James, AuburnOregon (2021)
6. CB Anthony Johnson, VirginiaLouisville (2020)
7. S Reggie Pearson Jr., Texas TechWisconsin (2020)
8. S Bentlee Sanders, NevadaUSF (2020)
9. CB Keidron Smith, KentuckyOle Miss (2021)
10. CB Quincy Riley, LouisvilleMiddle Tennessee State (2021)
11. S Kahlef Hailassie, Western KentuckyOregon (2019)
12. S Brandon Joseph, Notre DameNorthwestern (2021)