Three-Point Stance: Portal fix, Group of Five, All-Disrespected team

National columnist rivals Mike Farrell is here with a potential solution for the transfer portal, a breakdown of defensive players who haven’t gotten the respect they deserved this season and the best of Group Five players in college football.


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The transfer portal is a little out of control. The data continues to change, but more than 800 FBS football players have entered the portal since August 1 with just over 25% of them having found a new home so far. My best guess is that by the end of this offseason cycle in August 2022, the portal will have seen more than 2,000 FBS players enter and less than half of them will find new FBS homes. This means that a lot of players are getting very little advice.

What can be done? Here’s an idea. The NFL has an NFL Draft Advisory Board that will give potential candidates an idea of ​​where they would likely land in the NFL Draft. This allows players to make an informed decision about their future. While this isn’t a foolproof system, it’s definitely welcome advice. College football needs something similar for the transfer portal.

The NCAA needs a small team of evaluators who can help assess the chances of a player getting another FBS scholarship before joining the portal. The same is also true at the CSF level. If a player would like an assessment of his potential landing spot – FBS, FCS or below – he can submit a request to this NCAA panel. And it should be an anonymous process.

Right now players can just follow the advice of family, friends or some idiots on social media and jump into the portal. At that point, the university is no longer interested in that player’s scholarship and the player could potentially find themselves in a situation where they don’t have a landing spot. If an equivalent NFL Draft Advisory Board portal existed, a rating would at least give the player a chance to make a more informed decision.

It is not easy to assess some players who have not played much or who are recovering from injury, but it can still be done. I constantly rate a player’s potential landing point based on Power Five, Group of Five, FCS and lower talent pool and it’s not my full time job. A group of two or three Scouts could really reduce the number of bad decisions that are made on a weekly basis. It is feasible? It will happen? Probably not, but some types of checks and balances are needed on a somewhat neutral level as more and more players decide to move.



Kyler Gordon

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Last week I shared the offensive side of my All-Disrespected squad, the best Power Five players who didn’t get the attention they deserve. Here’s the defensive side.

DL: Calijah Kancey, Pitt – Kancey has been great all season. It’s the latest in a long line of Pitt’s defensive tackles that are supreme disrupters. Kancey was the only line defender in the country to receive a PFF rank above 80 both as a pass rusher and against the run.

DL: Jacob Slade, State of Michigan – Even though he only had one sack this year, Slade was still one of the most devastating defensive linemen in the country. He had 32 quarterback runs in the season, good for ninth place in the country among all players, and was also strong against running.

Edge: Mika Tafua, Utah – Despite being overshadowed on his own defense by Devin Lloyd, Tafua has had a phenomenal season. He led the nation in quarterback runs with 55, adding nine sacks and three defended passes as he led the nation in snaps played between all leading players.

Edge: Arnold Ebiketie, Penn State – Temple’s move had an immediate impact for the Nittany Lions, leading the team into sacks (9.5) and defeat tackles (18). While Penn State slowed down at the end of the season, Ebiketie continued his strong play, upping his draft.

LB: Jack Sanborn, Wisconsin – Leo Chenal got all the hype this year, but Sanborn was once again a stallion for the Badgers. One of the safest tacklers in the country, Sanborn received the fourth highest PFF rating of all Power Five linebackers.

LB: Drake Thomas, State of North Carolina – Thomas was the fulcrum that held together one of the best defenses of the ACC. He was asked to do everything by the defensive coordinator Tony Gibson, and he did, proving to be particularly strong against running.

DC: Kyler Gordon, Washington – Trent McDuffie gets a lot of press as the best DB on the Huskies roster, but it was actually Gordon who received the highest PFF score in team coverage, at 89.6, which was good for the second best in the nation among Power Five cornerbacks. Gordon conceded zero touchdowns on 41 targets, ending with two interceptions and six interrupted passes.

DC: JoJo Domann, Nebraska – Doman only conceded 5.4 yards per reception, a number that overtook the nation. The Huskers’ DB room leader did not allow a single completed pass against him beyond 20 yards, nor did he allow a touchdown, as he went down with two interceptions.

S: Kerby Joseph, Illinois – It’s been a year of ups and downs for the Illini, but Joseph has been one of the best players in the Big Ten during it all. His 90.4 rank was the highest of all Power Five safeties, and his five interceptions were good for second place among all Power Five players.

S: Brad Hawkins, Michigan – They are the top seven for the Wolverines to get all the love, but one of the main reasons they are able to run free after quarterback is because Hawkins is as safe as there is in the country. It is exceptional in coverage, allowing only a 25% completion rate when targeted, but perhaps even better against running, where it received the second highest PFF rating among all Power Five securities.

Flex: Russ yeast, state of Kansas – Probably the most versatile defender in the nation. Yeast lined up in the outer corner, slot corner, free safety, strong safety and even linebacker for the Wildcats, excelling wherever he was. You can’t ask for a more flexible defender on the back.



Bailey Zappe

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The Power Five champions get a lot of attention nationwide, but there are plenty of group five stars in college football. Here’s my first team Group Five offense.

QB: Bailey Zappe, western Kentucky – This wasn’t even close. Houston Baptist’s move has marked an all-time season: 5,967 yards and 62 touchdowns, both FBS records of a single season. It should have finished in the top five of the Heisman vote. I’m just disappointed that the coaches got him out before he could reach 6,000 yards in the game of bowls.

RB: Lew Nichols, central Michigan – The best runner in the nation, Nichols ran over 1,700 yards and also led the nation in scrimmage yards with 2,008. Even though everyone and their brother knew he was catching the ball (311 courses), he still couldn’t be stopped.

RB: Sincere McCormick, UTSA – He was known for the start of the season, but no one could stop him anyway as he amassed 1,479 yards and scored 15 touchdowns.

WR: Jerreth Sterns, Western Kentucky – Zappe’s main goal led the nation in received yards with 1,902, the fifth-best score in history in a single season, and his 150 catches not only led the nation, but was the third-best score in history. He also equalized Biletnikoff winner Jordan Addison for the most touchdowns with 17.

WR: Nathan Dell, Houston – Dell was the catalyst for the attack in Houston’s top 15, leading the team into touchdowns and yards. He had 81 tricks for 1,178 yards and 12 scores in the season, finishing sixth among all Group of Five receivers in the PFF classification system.

TE: Isaiah probably, Coastal Carolina – You could have easily picked Trey McBride from Colorado and I wouldn’t have had any qualms, but I’ll take the big shot from Coastal Carolina. He likely led all the tight ends in the country with 12 touchdowns, and his 912 yards were second to McBride, who only scored one touchdown.

OT: Max Mitchell, Louisiana – According to the PFF, Mitchell was the highest-scoring bulldozer in the country for Ragin ‘Cajuns. It paved the way for one of the most balanced crimes in the country.

AT: Bernhard Raimann, Central Michigan – Raimann was one of three players in the country to receive a PFF rating above 85 in both passing and blocking the run. It was one of the main reasons Lew Nichols was able to rack up so many meters.

E: William Dunkle, State of San Diego – Probably the best guard in the country, Dunkle simply mauled whoever got in his way. It was PFF’s best run blocker at 98.8 and did not allow a sack on over 400 pass block snaps.

E: O’Cyrus Torrence, Louisiana – Frankly, you could probably put the entire Ragin ‘Cajuns offensive line on this list, but I’ll stick to Mitchell and Torrence, who have both been fantastic all season. Torrence did not allow a single sack and his PFF run blocking rating of 89.4 was second among all guards in the Group of Five.

C: Keegan Cryder, Wyoming – Another guy who hasn’t conceded a single sack all season, Cryder was one of the few Cowboys who have excelled this year. The best PFF center in the Group of Five, Cryder’s 88.2-point blocking grade was fourth in the country among all centers.

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