[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]With the season quickly approaching, let's go ahead and look at the top quarterback, running back, and wide receiver trios in each of the Power Five conferences.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]
Big Ten: Ohio State
QB CJ Stroud, RB TreVeyon Henderson, WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba
Ohio State might have the best trio in the country. CJ Stroud was a Heisman finalist last season and there’s a good chance he’ll be there again this year. Jaxon Smith-Njigba could very well be in New York too. Stroud threw for 4,435 yards and had a touchdown to interception ratio of 44 to 6. He also led the whole country with a 91.6 QBR. Smith-Njigba caught 95 passes for 1,606 yards and nine touchdowns. We haven’t even talked about Henderson yet. He ran for 1,248 yards on 183 attempts, with 6.8 yards per carry. He ended the year with 15 touchdowns.
Michigan – QB Cade McNamara/JJ McCarthy, RB Blake Corum, WR Ronnie Bell
Penn State – QB Sean Clifford, RB Nick Singleton, WR Parker Washington[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]
QB Bryce Young, RB Jahmyr Gibbs, WR Jermaine Burton
Two out of these three played in the state of Georgia last season. Gibbs played for Georgia Tech and Burton just won a National Championship with Georgia. They both transferred to Alabama in the offseason. They both look to be the go-to player at their positions. Their quarterback is Bryce Young, who just won the Heisman Trophy. He threw for 4,872 yards and 47 touchdowns. He had a QBR of 87.6 and only threw 7 interceptions.
Gibbs only ran for 746 yards and 4 touchdowns last season but was on a bad Georgia Tech team with a bad offensive line. He has apparently been lighting it up in Alabama’s fall camp and the coaches are very excited to see what he can do this year. Burton caught 26 passes for 497 yards and 5 touchdowns and that was part of the reason he left. Georgia had a run-first approach and Burton didn’t get the targets that he wanted. If he does become the featured receiver for the Crimson Tide, I could see this being a breakout year for him.
Tennessee – QB Hendon Hooker, RB Jabari Small, WR Cedric Tillman
Kentucky – QB Will Levis, RB Chris Rodriguez Jr., WR Tayvion Robinson[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]
ACC: Boston College
QB Phil Jurkovec, RB Pat Garwo III, WR Zay Flowers
Boston College went 6-6 last year, but they should have a much-improved team this season and these three should be the reason why. Quarterback Phil Jurkovec was out for most of last season with an injury but still threw for almost 1,000 yards and I expect him to build on that this year. He is one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the country.
Running back Pat Garwo III ran for 1,045 yards and 7 touchdowns. I expect both of those numbers to rise this season. Wideout Zay Flowers caught 44 passes for 746 yards last season. He had to deal with his quarterback being injured, so with Jurkovec back, his numbers should go up as well. Boston College could be a team to watch out for to upset some people in the ACC in 2022.
Clemson – QB DJ Uiagalelei, RB Will Shipley, WR Beaux Collins
Miami – QB Tyler Van Dyke, RB Jaylan Knighton, WR Xavier Restrepo[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]
QB Caleb Williams, RB Travis Dye, WR Jordan Addison
If USC is going to live up to the hype this year, these three need to step up. All of them transferred in this offseason. Caleb Williams came over from Oklahoma, Travis Dye came down from Oregon, and Jordan Addison came across the country from Pitt. Caleb Williams took Spencer Rattlers job and never looked back. He didn’t play the whole season and still threw for 1,912 yards and had a TD to INT ratio of 21 to 4. He had the fourth best QBR in the country at 86.5, and should improve in his second season, especially if he can play in every game.
Running back Travis Dye ran for 1,271 yards and 16 touchdowns last year at Oregon. If he can just match that this season, he will be okay. And then there’s Jordan Addison. He won the Biletnikoff Award given to the best wide receiver in the country, catching 100 passes for 1,593 yards and averaged 16 yards per catch. He also hauled in 17 touchdowns. I can see him being in the Biletnikoff conversation again this season.
Utah – QB Cam Rising, RB Tavion Thomas, WR Devaughn Vele
UCLA – QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, RB Zach Charbonnet, WR Jake Bobo[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]
Big 12: Texas
QB Quinn Ewers, RB Bijan Robinson, WR Xavier Worthy
Quinn Ewers transferred in from Ohio State and looks to have locked down the starting job. He doesn’t have many stats from his year as a Buckeye, but he was the number one overall QB in his class and should have a big year for the Longhorns. Bijan Robinson is arguably the best running back in the country. He ran for 1,127 yards on 195 attempts and scored 11 touchdowns. He could be in the Heisman conversation come years end.
Receiver Xavier Worthy was just shy of a thousand-yard season in 2021. He caught 62 passes for 981 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also averaged 16 yards per catch. I expect his numbers to increase this upcoming season, especially with the loss of Isaiah Neyor for the season due to injury. If Texas is going to be back, these three need to step up for them this year.
Oklahoma – QB Dillon Gabriel, RB Eric Gray, WR Marvin Mims Jr.
Kansas State – QB Adrian Martinez, RB Deuce Vaughn, WR Phillip Brooks[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]