Not much transfer news the last few days, but still some significant updates. San Jose State’s Richard Washington has been suspended for the season by the NCAA. Washington declared for the NBA Draft but then withdrew, but he had signed with an agent who was not certified, as well as accepted money for playing in a 3×3 event. Washington averaged 19.5 ppg last season for San Jose, and while he is still enrolled as a student he is not listed on the team roster.
Dealing with legal issues are Mason Gillis (Purdue) who will be suspended for the first four regular season games as well as exhibition games after being given probation for an Operating While Intoxicated charge. Gillis started 23 of 28 games last season while averaging 5.2 ppg. Just this past week Washington State’s Noah Williams had an altercation with bouncers at a bar and faces possible misdemeanor charges. Williams averaged 14.1 ppg while starting all 27 games last season.
Announcing transfer destinations were Austin Sacks (Santa Clara to Baylor), Hugo Clarkin (San Jose State to Sacramento State), and John Hall (Portland State to UMass Lowell).
(Injuries & Updates in the first section, Transfers down below.)
Injuries and Updates from Sept 17-21:
- Mason Gillis, Purdue – will be suspended for the first four regular season games after being sentenced to probation for an OWI
- Ian Martinez, Maryland – Utah transfer has been fully cleared for the fall (meniscus)
- Richard Washington, San Jose State – has been suspended for the season by the NCAA, he withdrew from the NBA Draft but signed with a non-certified agent and received money for a 3×3 event, he is enrolled at SJSU as a student
- Noah Williams, Washington State – facing possible misdemeanor charges for an altercation with bouncers at a bar
Transfer Updates from Sept 17-21:
- Hugo Clarkin, San Jose State – transfers to Sacramento State – 1.4 ppg
- John Hall, Portland State – transfers to UMass Lowell – 3.9 ppg
- Austin Sacks, Santa Clara – transfers to Baylor – DNP last season, unclear exactly when he transferred but he is listed on the Baylor roster
In Other News:
Some of these 16 stats after Week 3 are just for trivia, but most are good to know as you look at fantasy trends/leaders across the season or for specific positions or teams.
Early in the season I like to find the players who have been consistently excellent, so lots of focus this week on players who have had multiple games with strong statistical output, but certainly some explosive breakout stats mixed in as well. When I put these together I always find at least a few players stand out to me who I didn’t realize were playing so well, I hope you do also.
Mississippi State QB Will Rogers set several 2021 season-highs last weekend, he had the most pass completions in a game (50) as well as pass attempts (67). The next highest for pass attempts this year was Miami QB D’Eriq King with 59, while 3 QBs have had 39 completions in a game (next highest), with one of those again being Rogers. Since the year 2000, a QB has completed 50 passes in a game 16 times, 6 of those were on Mike Leach teams.
Only five players have three 100+ yard rushing games – Greg Bell (San Diego State), Tank Bigsby (Auburn), Blake Corum (Michigan), Abram Smith (Baylor), and Deuce Vaughn (Kansas State).
Two QBs last weekend threw for 200 yards and rushed for 100 yards – Sam Howell (UNC, 307/112), and DJ Irons (Akron, 296/136), who was filling in for an injured Kato Nelson. It has been done five time total this season, and Howell has two of those and Adrian Martinez (Nebraska) also has two.
Four QBs have three 300+ yard passing games – Brennan Armstrong (Virginia), Jake Haener (Fresno State), Tanner Mordecai (SMU) & Grant Wells (Marshall).
Only two players have three 2 TD rushing games – RB BJ Baylor (Oregon State) and QB Malik Cunningham (Louisville).
Since volume matters, three RBs had 30 rushing attempts in week 3 – Greg Bell (San Diego State, 33/119-2), Jaylen Warren (Oklahoma State, 32/218-2), and David Bailey (Colorado State, 30/132-0).
From 2018-2020 only two players had 100+ rushing attempts, 35+ games played, and averaged 6.5 rushing yards per carry. One was Clemson RB Travis Etienne (579/4186-57, 7.2 average). The other, Clemson RB Lyn-J Dixon (208/1372-13, 6.6 average). Dixon entered the transfer portal this week.
There were two 200 yard rushing games in week 3 – Treveyon Henderson (Ohio State, 24/277) and Jaylen Warren (Oklahoma State, 32/218). Henderson’s was a season-high, surpassing Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker who had 264 yards.
Kentucky WR Wan’Dale Robinson is the only receiver in the nation with three 100 yard receiving games, he has games of 125, 101, and 111 yards.
Only one QB has thrown 10 TDs and 0 interceptions so far this season – Bryce Young (Alabama, 10 TDs.) Next closest are Matt Corral (Ole Miss) and Payton Thorne (Michigan State) with 9.
Three players have two games with 10+ receptions – Stanley Berryhill (Arizona), Drake London (USC) and Makai Polk (Miss State). Berryhill has played 28 games in his career, but prior to this season he had only ever had one game with more than 5 receptions (an 8 catch game in 2020).
Only one player has three games this season with 20+ rushing attempts – Brad Roberts, Air Force. Fourteen players have two games with 20+ attempts.
UNC WR Josh Downs had the second 200 yard receiving game by any player this season, hauling in 8/203-2 against Virginia. The only other is Memphis WR Calvin Austin (239 yards).
A new season-high for most receptions in a game was set by Fresno State WR Jalen Cropper who pulled in 14/141-1 against UCLA. USC’s Drake London tied the previous high with a 13/170-2 line.
Three players have at least 200 total rushing yards this season but have 0 rushing TDs – Trestan Ebner (Baylor, 42/317), Nate Noel (App State, 48/250-0), and Ellis Merriweather (UMass, 37/201-0).
Three WRs have at least 250 total receiving yards this season but have 0 receiving TDs – Corey Gammage (Marshall, 22/344), Jalen Tolbert (South Alabama, 14/317) and Jake Bobo (Duke, 27/280).
Credit to the CFB Reference site for its stat-keeping, if you see any stats you feel are incorrect please let me know.
I break down the injury news from this past weekend with notes on each player who may have been dealing with injuries.
A few notes about this list, being on it does not for sure mean a player is “injured”, but rather:
- They may have missed the game due to a known injury (ok, this does mean they are injured), or missed the game for another stated reason
- They may have gone out of the game due to injury and not returned (sometimes with an official announcement from the team)
- They may have left the game but returned, or at least attempted to return (sometimes these guys end up banged up enough to miss future games)
- They may have had a vague twitter mention about possibly being injured or leaving a game, so it’s something on my radar
I’ll continue to post any updates I see during the week, those will be added to daily updates as well as the injury database.
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See the updates to potentially be watching for today including starting QB battles and player injury statuses to be aware of.
Starting off not with a transfer but a commitment – Jaykwon Walton began his career at Georgia where in 9 games over 1+ seasons he averaged 1.9 ppg. He entered the transfer portal last December and in April committed to transfer to Shelton State Community College. Then this past week he committed to Mississippi State as a 2022 recruit, where he’ll return to the SEC with a new team after this season.
Announcing transfer destinations were Miles Latimer (Bucknell to Bryant), Noah Morgan (Eastern Michigan to Morehouse), Andrew Platek (North Carolina to Siena), and Emanuel Littles (North Alabama to Nicholls State).
(Injuries & Updates in the first section, Transfers down below.)
Injuries and Updates from Sept 13-16:
Transfer Updates from Sept 13-16:
- Kyonze Chavis, Norfolk State – transfers to Life University (NAIA) – 7.5 ppg
- Khristion Courseault, Nevada – transfers to Houston Baptist (August) – 1.0 ppg
- Miles Latimer, Bucknell – will transfer to Bryant and enroll mid-year – 6.1 ppg
- Emanuel Littles, North Alabama – transfers to Nicholls State – 9.4 ppg, previously decommitted from transferring to South Alabama
- Noah Morgan, Eastern Michigan – transfers to Morehouse (D2) – 8.6 ppg
- Andrew Platek, North Carolina – transfers to Siena – 3.7 ppg – has enrolled, attempting to play this season
- Jaykwon Walton, Shelton State CC – has committed to Miss State for 2022 – began career at Georgia