This year has been really exciting for us “Portal Dawgs” as we have seen some unbeievable performances by players of the 2023 transfer class. To be clear, this includes any player who transferred during this past off-season or during the December 2022 transfer window.
First Team: Haynes King – Georgia Tech. King has shown off his versatility with his arm and legs this year for the Yellow Jackets. King is second in total Pass plus Rushing yards for 2023 transfer QBs with 2,594 yards on the season and leads all 2023 transfer QBs with 25 total TDs. If there is a knock on King, it is his turnovers. He is second among 2023 transfer QBs with 10 interceptions and also has a lost fumble on the year. Regardless, Haynes King is one of the biggest surprises out of the portal this year.
Second Team: Tommy Castellanos – Boston College. Another surprising ACC QB transfer. Castellanos came out of nowhere this year to put up huge numbers, particularly with his legs. He leads all 2023 transfer QBs with nearly 700 yards on the ground and nine rushing TDs. He has also thrown for nearly 1,600 yards and 11 TDs.
Third Team: Shedeur Sanders – Colorado. Shedeur made a quick introduction to the college football world with his hot start in the season. He has cooled off a bit since the first few weeks of the season, which may be attributed to his offensive line struggles (just ask Coach Sanders). Shedeur leads all 2023 transfer QBs in passing yards with over 2,600 and has 22 passing TDs along with three more TDs with his legs.
Ray Davis – Kentucky. Ray Davis has had some absolute monster games, which is part of the reason he finds himself as RB1 on the First Team All Transfer All American Team. This includes a 280 yard, three TD performance against SEC rival, Florida, in September. On the year, Davis has over 800 yards rushing, 14 total TDs, and an additional 220 yards receiving.
Blake Watson – Memphis. Watson has proven to be versatile in the running and receiving attack for the Tigers’ offense. Watson has ammassed 762 yards on the ground and 348 yards receiving. He has 10 total TDs and 34 catches.
Ismail Mahdi – Texas State. How do we put the 2023 transfer class’ leading rusher second team? Well Watson and Davis have been that good. I wish we could put the absolute dynamix Mahdi as RB3 on the first team, because he has been good enough to justify that! Over 850 rushing yards, 200+ receiving yards, and 10 total TDs are really spectacular numbers. He is averaging 7.2 yards per rush, which might be the most impressive stat. Ismail has been dynamic in the return game as well with nearly 300 return yards and a return TD on the year.
Cameron Skattebo – Arizona State. Skattebo popped on the radar after his big time performance against a top 5 USC team in September where he put together 190 total yards and two total TDs. Skattebo has almost 540 rushing yards, over 270 receiving yards, and eight total TDs. And if you thought
Marshawn Lloyd – Southern Cal. If you thought Mahdi’s efficiency is impressive, then you’ll definitely be impressed by Lloyd’s incredible 7.7 yards per rush. You could argue that Lloyd has been under utilized by the Trojans’ offense but he has still put up over 760 rush yards and eight rushing TDs.
Bhayshul Tuten – Virginia Tech. Tuten has been a very versatile back for the Hokies this year. Nearly 480 rushing yards and 215 receiving yards on 21 catches. Tuten also has a return TD and 253 total return yards.
Malik Washington – Virginia. Malik Washington leads all 2023 transfer WRs in receptions (68 catches), receiving yards (935 yards), and has six receiving TDs on the season. We can’t stop featuring him on lists and social media posts because he has been that good.
Steven McBride – Hawaii. McBride has found the endzone eight times this season, all through the air. He also has 43 catches and over 730 receiving yards. Hawaii has had a disappointing year so far, with an 0-4 conference record, but McBride has been a bright spot.
Xavier Weaver – Colorado. Weaver has proven to be Shedeur Sanders’ favorite target. The former USF Bull has put up some really impressive stat lines in individual games. Weaver has 55 catches, 717 receiving yards, and four receiving TDs. Weaver also has two rushing TDs on the year.
Jamari Thrash – Louisville. Thrash has been a human highlight reel. We’ve featured his highlights several times on our social media accounts. Thrash has been a big part of the Cardinals successful offense this season tallying 46 catches, 712 receiving yards, and six receiving TDs. Thrash also has a rushing TD.
Keon Coleman – Florida State. Keon has made a habbit of finding the endzone. Coleman leads all 2023 transfer WRs with nine receiving TDs on the season. He also has 38 catches and nearly 550 receiving yards. He also has one of the best catches of the season when he snagged a pass over the middle with one hand against Syracuse.
Joey Hobert – Texas State. Hobert has provided fellow 2023 transfer, TJ Finley, a very reliable target for Texas State’s potent offense. Hobert has put together a great season so far with 51 catches, 650+ receiving yards, and six receiving TDs.
First Team: Dallin Holker – Colorado State. Holker has been a stud in the receiving game for Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi. Holker is second in receiving on the team and leads all 2023 transfer TEs with 48 catches, 620 receiving yards, and 6 receiving TDs.
Second Team: Jaheim Bell – Florida State. Bell has been a big part of the offense leading the #4 team in the country to an undefeated season. 26 catches, 342 yards, and two receiving TDs. Bell also has a rushing TD on the year.
Third Team: Erick All – Iowa. Tight End U has another good one. 21 catches for 299 yards and three receiving TDs. All is averaging over 14 yards per catch which is the highest average for 2023 transfer TEs with more than ten catches.
Willie Tyler – Louisville – OT.
Preston Nichols – Purdue – OG.
Matt Lee – Miami (FL) – C.
Gunner Britton – Auburn – OG.
Amari Kight – UCF – OT.
Josh Simmons – OSU – OT.
Jarrett Kingston – Southern Cal – OG.
Ben Scott – Nebraska – C.
Lavel Dumont – Rice – OG.
LaDarius Henderson – Michigan – OT.
Victor Curne – Ole Miss – OT.
Landon Bebee – Colorado – OG.
Drake Nugent – Michigan – C.
Kevin Williams – Charolotte – OG.
Cameron Wire – Tulane – OT.