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Transfers of the Week: Week Zero’s Standouts

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Illinois football quarterback Tommy Devito throws a pass.

Some week zero standout performances from the transfer portal.

Western Kentucky QB Austin Reed (D2 West Florida)

The skinny: After beating out Jarret Doege for the starting job, would the Division 2 transfer show everyone that the coaching staff made the correct decision? He responded by completing 20 of 34 passes for 279 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in the Hilltoppers victory over Austin Peay.

 Nebraska WR Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda (New Mexico State)

The skinny: While the flight home from Ireland was a painful one for the Cornhuskers, the play of wide receiver Garcia-Castaneda was a bright spot. He showed an immediate connection with fellow transfer quarterback Casey Thompson while grabbing four receptions for 120 yards and one touchdown.

Utah State WR Brian Cobbs (Maryland)

The skinny: Cobbs proved to be the Aggies most reliable receiving weapon during their opening win over UConn. Finishing with seven receptions for 78 yards and one touchdown, look for a big season out of the Maryland transfer.

Illinois QB Tommy DeVito (Syracuse)

The skinny: DeVito played like the veteran leader that the Illini hoped they found in the portal when he completed 27 of 37 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns during the easy opening day victory over Wyoming.

UNLV WR Ricky White (Michigan State)

The skinny: White was dominant during the Rebels 52-21 victory over Idaho State while finishing with eight receptions for 182 yards and two touchdowns. His connection with quarterback Doug Brumfield will be one to watch this season in the Mountain West Conference.

Florida A&M QB Jeremy Moussa (Vanderbilt)

The skinny: Playing with an undermanned roster in North Carolina, Florida A&M showed a great deal of heart while Moussa showed that he will be a problem to every other team who plays the Rattlers this season. Completing 28 of 38 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns, the Vanderbilt transfer played like a player who has SEC experience. 

Florida State RB Trey Benson (Oregon)

The skinny: The Seminoles did what most people expected them to do while cruising to a victory over Duquesne. One of the things that stood out was a dominant running game, which will likely be a two headed monster with Benson and Treshaun Ward. In his first game in Tallahassee, Benson finished with 11 carries for 105 yards and a 43 yard touchdown run.

Known as “The Godfather” of recruiting, Farrell joins The Portal Report after a stellar 24-year run with recruiting site Rivals. Farrell has covered football at all three levels, with national TV experience and over 20 years serving as Rivals’ National Recruiting Director.

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