Here are the On3 transfer players of the week for Week Four of the season.
Each week, we pick a transfer of the week in each Power 5 conference as well as an overall Group of 5 transfer of the week. It’s not just transfers from this past offseason; all players who have transferred from other four-year schools are “eligible” to be selected
Everything being equal, more weight is given to big performances against “good” opponents.
QB Jordan Travis, Florida State
The buzz: Travis suffered a leg injury in the second quarter of last week’s win over Louisville and watched backup Tate Rodemaker rally FSU to the win. Travis, a fifth-year senior who transferred from Louisville after the 2018 season, returned this week and threw for a career-high 321 yards as the Seminoles blasted Boston College 44-14. He finished 16-of-26 and threw a TD pass as FSU rolled up 530 total yards in the easy win. The 530 total yards were the most against a Power 5 opponent since November 19, 2016, when the Seminoles had 654 against Syracuse.
QB Austin Burton, Purdue
The buzz: Perseverance, thy name is Austin Burton. Burton is a sixth-year senior who started Saturday because Aidan O’Connell is injured, and he threw for 166 yards and three TDs as the Boilermakers muddled past FAU 28-26. His last TD pass, with 8:01 left in the game, proved to be the game-winning score. The TD passes were his first since October 5, 2019, when he threw one for UCLA; that was the only other start of his career and the Bruins lost that day to Oregon State. He attempted 41 passes in that loss and had attempted just 24 since. Burton signed with UCLA as part of its 2017 recruiting class, played in six games in four seasons and transferred to Purdue after the 2020 season. He earned his master’s degree in May.
QB Adrian Martinez, Kansas State
The buzz: Martinez, in his fifth season as a starting quarterback, hadn’t done much in the Wildcats’ first four games. He was averaging a paltry 151.0 total yards of offense per game. Well, Oklahoma’s defense proved to be the perfect tonic: Martinez had 384 yards of total offense and accounted for five TDs as K-State upset previously unbeaten Oklahoma 41-34 in Norman. K-State now has won three of its past four games against OU, and is 4-2 in its past six games in Norman. Martinez rushed for 148 yards and a career-high four TDs, and also threw for 234 and another score. The rushing total was the second-highest of his career, behind only the 157 he gained against Rutgers as Nebraska’s quarterback in the final game of the 2020 season. He transferred from Nebraska to K-State after the 2021 season.
QB Bo Nix, Oregon
The buzz: Nix, in his fourth season as a starting quarterback, had one of the best games of his career as Oregon rallied to beat Washington State 44-41. He set career-highs in total offense (458 yards) and passing yards (428) as the Ducks rallied from 12 down in the final four minutes. Nix, who transferred from Auburn in the offseason, threw three TD passes, all in the second half; two came in the final four minutes. He was 10-of-15 for 122 yards and the two TDs in the fourth quarter, and 18-of-25 for 267 yards and three TDs in the second half. Nix also threw a pick-six in the first half, but obviously rebounded from that.
QB Hendon Hooker, Tennessee
The buzz: Hooker, a fifth-year senior, set a career-high in total offense with 461 yards as the Vols outlasted Florida 38-33 for 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. The 349-yard passing total was the second-highest of his career; the highest came in last season’s Music City Bowl. The bowl outing was the only other time in his career he reached the 400-yard mark in total offense. The 112-yard rushing total was the third-highest in his career; the two higher totals came at Virginia Tech, which he left after the 2020 season.
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QB Ben Bryant, Cincinnati
The buzz: Cincinnati’s running game was nonexistent (just 40 yards on 30 carries), so Bearcats coaches let Bryant throw it around. He responded by throwing for 354 yards and four TDs as Cincinnati downed previously unbeaten Indiana 45-24. All four TD passes came in the first half as the Bearcats built a 31-14 halftime lead. The yardage total matched a career-high achieved twice last season at Eastern Michigan, and the four TD passes set a career-high. Bryant began his career at Cincinnati in 2018, transferred to EMU after the 2020 season, then transferred back to Cincinnati this offseason.