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Breaking Down the Top Early-Season Transfer Performers in CFB



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The transfer portal has a massive impact on college football as we all know. But what players are backing up the hype on the field? Here are the leaders.

Top 3 FBS transfer passing yards leaders:

  1. Michael Penix Jr. (Washington/Indiana): 1,079
  2. Casey Thompson (Nebraska/Texas): 995
  3. Kyle Vantrease (Georgia Southern/Buffalo): 980

The Penix Jr. revival is the biggest surprise especially as he’s a running threat and Thompson has been good on a bad team.

Top 3 FBS transfer TD pass leaders:

  1. Michael Penix Jr (Washington/indiana): 10
  2. Austin Reed (Western Kentucky/D2 West Florida): 9
  3. Todd Centeio (James Madison/Colorado State): 9

From D2 to Western Kentucky is a huge jump and Reed is getting better each week.

Top 3 FBS transfer rushing yard leaders:

  1. Xazavian Valladay (Arizona State/Wyoming): 361
  2. Aidan Robbins (UNLV/Louisville): 346
  3. Zach Evans (Ole Miss/TCU): 317

Evans was expected but no Jahmyr Gibbs at Alabama or Troy Dye at USC? Valladay has been great in a bad situation.

Top 3 FBS transfer receiving yard leaders:

  1. Charlie Jones (Purdue/Iowa): 474
  2. Trey Palmer (Nebraska/LSU): 323
  3. Ricky White (UNLV/Michigan State): 317

Why didn’t Iowa utilize Jones? That’s the big question.

Top 3 FBS transfer receiving TD leaders:

  1. Jordan Addison (USC/Pittsburgh): 5
  2. Jacob Cowing (Arizona/UTEP): 5
  3. Charlie Jones (Purdue/Iowa): 5

Addison was expected but there’s a reason I did a comp between the Pitt transfer and Cowing pre season.

Top 3 FBS transfer tackle leaders:

  1. Kobe Hylton (UTEP/Louisiana): 33
  2. Jackson Sirmon (Cal/Washington):
  3. Ivan Pace Jr. (Cincinnati/Miami-Ohio): 31

Sirmon and Pace Jr. were expected but Hylton was under radar.

Top 4 FBS transfer sack leaders:

  1. Drew Sanders (Arkansas/Alabama): 5.5
  2. Jacoby Windmon (Michigan State/UNLV): 5.5
  3. Daiyan Henley (Washington State/Nevada): 4.0
  4. Jordan Domineck (Arkansas/Georgia Tech): 4.0

Jared Verse started strong but look at these guys. Just massive impacts in three weeks.

Top 5 FBS transfer TFL leaders:

  1. Daiyan Henley (Washington State/Nevada): 8
  2. Drew Sanders (Arkansas/Alabama): 7
  3. Ivan Pace Jr. (Cincinnati/Miami-Ohio): 7
  4. Jacoby Windmon (Michigan State/UNLV): 7
  5. Khari Coleman (Ole Miss/TCU): 7

Henley and Windmon are two of the best under the radar gets of the off season.

The interception stats are still too clustered this early in the season for a full listing, but the FBS leader for transfers is:

Malik Hausman (Hawaii/Arizona): 3

The FBS pass break-up list is also very congested but the top 2 for transfers are:

  1. Tobias Harris (Old Dominion/D2 West Texas A&M): 6
  2. Mehki Garner (LSU/Louisiana): 5

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