Like every Monday, we unpack how the transfer portal rocked college football. Look no further than two of the key updates from Week 11 that just so happened to be teammates a year ago.
Player of the week
Senior transfer quarterbacks Spencer Rattler and Caleb Williams take home the Transfer Player of the Week award after big victories on Saturday. South Carolina and Rattler stirred up excitement for 5th-ranked Tennessee by passing 30 of 37 passes with six touchdowns for 438 yards. Rattler had the biggest game of his career, completing 81% of his passes. The 63 points scored by South Carolina were Tennessee’s most conceded in an SEC game. Rattler’s top target, Juice Wells, a transfer from James Madison, had 11 catches for 177 yards.
USC and quarterback Caleb Williams survived UCLA in a 48-45 thriller and Williams threw 470 yards on 32 of 43 passes with two touchdowns and an interception. Williams is right in the mix for the Heisman Trophy, having rushed for 3,480 yards so far this season and thrown for 33 total touchdowns compared to three interceptions. He executed 64.9% of his throws. Williams completed passes to nine different receivers, including 11 catches and 178 yards through Pittsburgh wide receiver transfers Jordan Addison. USC is running back Austin Jones (Stanford-Transfer) did a good job covering the injured Travis Dyewith 120 yards on and two scores.
Bedlam: Oklahoma leads the 22nd state of Oklahoma
The former Rattler and Williams Oklahoma team had a nice win over Oklahoma State on Saturday. UCF transfer quarterback Dillon Gabriel got the Sooners off to a quick start and gave them a 28-0 lead in the first quarter. Gabriel hit on 20 of 40 passes for 259 yards and two points, with a quick touchdown. Tennessee transfer running back Eric Gray Carried 20 times for 90 yards and a score.
The FCS transmission window opens
The FCS transfer portal opens on Monday. There have been several impact transfers over the past year that have gone up to the Power Five level and helped their team in 2022.
- QB Cameron Ward (Word Incarnate to Washington State)…2,772 pass yards, 21 TD, 8 INT; Cougars 7-4 this season
- WR Antwan Wells (James Madison to South Carolina) … Leads the Gamecocks at receptions, reception yards, TD receptions. The JMU is now an FBS program but was in the FCS in 202
- WR Tyler Hudson (Central Arkansas to Louisville…63 rec, 951 yards, TD; Completing a consecutive 1,000-yard rec season
- EN Jared Verse (Albany to Florida State) …7.5 sacks, 14 TFLs (both leading teams)
- DL Kobie Turner (Richmond to Wake Forest) …7.5 TFL, 2 FF; Midseason PFF and 247 Transfer AA Team
- DB Darius Tischler (Western Illinois to Duke) … Lead tackler on greatly improved 7-4 Duke team (3-9 last season)
Georgia Tech’s transfer-heavy excitement from No. 13 North Carolina
Georgia Tech is 4-3 under interim head coach Brent key, with the biggest win next Saturday against UNC. Eliminated 17-0 deficit and scored 21 straight points to end the upset. With starter Jeff Sims and backup Zach Pryon out, Georgia Tech turned its attention to 3rd and 4th line quarterbacks. Zach Gibson (from Akron) and Taisun Phommachanh (by Clemson) to lead Comeback. Gibson went 13 of 18 for 174 yards while Phommachanh rushed for a touchdown. Back race Hasan Hall (from Louisville) had over 100 yards overall and got the go-ahead for TD in the 4th quarter. Defensive lineman Keion white (Transferred in 2021 from Old Dominion) had seven tackles, three sacks and four tackles for a loss. White has generated a lot of NFL draft buzz.
- Jayden de Laura struggled against his former Washington State teammates, throwing four interceptions in a 31–20 loss; his replacement in Pullman, Cameron Ward (Incarnate Word transfer) was 25 of 36 for 193 yards and a score.
- Indiana RB Shaun Schauer had a fine day in the double OT win over Michigan State with 13 carries for 115 yards and two touchdowns, including the eventual game winner in second overtime. Jens Berger (Wisconsin Transfer) played well in the loss with 21 carries for 119 yards.
- Ole Miss RB Zach Evans being overshadowed by the stud freshman’s running back Quinshon Judkins This season he rushed for 207 yards and a touchdown in the loss to Arkansas. It’s the first 200-yard rushing game of his career for the former 5-star running back.
- Bowling Green WR Odieu Hilarie, transfer from Alabama A&M, had a big day in MACtion last Tuesday, with 8 receptions, 246 yards and two points in the win over Toledo. The teams came together for 938 yards of offense.