We are taking a look at some of the impressive performances by new transfers during Saturday’s action
Quarterback Caleb Williams (Oklahoma) methodically completed 19 of 22 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 68 yards. Both of his touchdown passes went to Jordan Addison (Pittsburgh), while Austin Jones (Stanford) rushed for two touchdowns. Defensively, linebacker Shane Lee (Alabama) led the Trojans with eight tackles and added an interception, which he returned for a touchdown, and Eric Gentry (Arizona State) added seven tackles and a tackle for a loss.
Wide Receiver Jermaine Burton (Georgia) quickly showed off his connection with quarterback Bryce Young with two touchdown receptions during his first game with the Tide. Running back Jahmyr Gibbs (Georgia Tech) added 93 yards rushing on only nine carries as Alabama cruised to an easy victory over Utah State
While running back Montrell Johnson (Louisiana) did lose a fumble, he also rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown and added a reception for 14 yards. Also through the air, wide receiver Ricky Pearsall (Arizona State) led the Gators with 67 yards receiving on four receptions.
The star of the transfer show for the Canes was running back Henry Parrish (Ole Miss) who rushed for 108 yards and three touchdowns on only 14 carries, while also adding three receptions for 25 yards. Defensively, the players who shined were linebacker Caleb Johnson (UCLA), who led the team with five tackle, and defensive lineman Akheem Mesidor (West Virginia), who had four tackle, a tackle for a loss and a sack.
The Rebels added several important pieces and many contributed on Saturday night against Troy. The star of the night was Khari Coleman (TCU) who finished with eight tackles, two sacks and five tackles for a loss. Troy Brown (Central Michigan) added 11 tackles and Isheem Young (Iowa State) had five tackles and two fumble recoveries. Offensively, running back Zach Evans (TCU) rushed for 130 yards and added 22 yards receiving, quarterback Jaxson Dart (USC) passed for 154 yards and a touchdown and tight end Michael Trigg (USC) had four receptions for 33 yards.
The anticipated debut for quarterback Jayden de Laura (Washington State) and wide receiver Jacob Cowing (UTEP) did not disappoint. De Laura completed 22 of 35 passes for 299 yards and four touchdowns, while Cowing had eight receptions for 152 yards and three of those scores. The running game also received a spark through the portal with DJ Williams (Florida State) rushing for team-leading 88 yards and one touchdown.
Several transfers contributed to the Razorbacks victory over Cincinnati. Defensively, Drew Sanders (Alabama) had five tackle, one tackle for a loss and a sack, Latavious Brini (Georgia) had five tackles, Landon Jackson (LSU) had five tackles and a tackle for a loss, Dwight McGlothern (LSU) had four tackles and an interception and Jordan Domineck (Georgia Tech) had two tackles, a tackle for a loss and two fumble recoveries. Offensively, Jadon Haselwood (Oklahoma) and Matt Landers (Toledo) combined for six receptions, 85 yards and a touchdown.
The Wildcats were hoping that Tayvion Robinson (Virginia Tech) would add a reliable receiving threat, and he did just that with six receptions for 136 yards. Defensively, Keidron Smith (Ole Miss) had four tackles and two fumble recoveries.
Offensively, quarterback Jack Plummer (Purdue) completed 23 of 35 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns during the victory over UC-Davis. And on defense, Jackson Sirmon (Washington) had a team-leading eight tackles and a pass break-up.
While Spencer Rattler (Oklahoma) struggled in his first game with the Gamecocks, wide receiver Antwane Wells (James Madison) did his part with seven receptions for 55 yards. Defensively, Devonni Reed (Central Michigan) had five tackles.
In his first game at the FBS level, Cameron Ward (Incarnate Word) completed 25 of 40 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns. On the other side of the ball, linebacker Daiyan Henley (Nevada) had a team leading eight tackles, three tackles for a loss and one sack.
Quarterback Michael Penix (Indiana) shined in his first game with the Huskies while completing 26 of 39 passes for 345 yards and four touchdowns. On the ground, Wayne Taulapapa (Virginia) had a team leading 57 yards and one touchdown.
Miles Kendrick (Kansas) completed 14 of 17 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 40 yards on 11 carries, during the Lobos victory over Maine. One of his two touchdowns went to wide receiver Geordon Porter (Arizona State), who led the team with five receptions for 54 yards.
In his first game in charge of the Sooners’ offense, Dillon Gabriel (UCF) completed 15 of 23 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for another touchdown during the 45-13 victory over UTEP.
Henry Colombi (Texas Tech) was nearly perfect in his first game with the Herd while completing 24 of 26 passes for 205 yards and one touchdown.
While the Eagles lost at home to Rutgers, George Takacs (Notre Dame) shined at the tight end position with seven receptions for 84 yards.
In his first game with the Cyclones, linebacker Colby Reeder (Delaware) had a team-leading five tackles, to go along with two pass break-ups and three quarterback hurries.
Wide receiver TreyPalmer (LSU) had a team-leading four receptions for 82 yards during the Huskers victory over North Dakota.
Austin Reed, the Division 2 transfer from West Florida had his second impressive game with 271 yards and three touchdown while completing 22 of 31 passes against Hawaii.
Todd Centeio (Colorado State) dominated through the air and on the ground in his debut with the Dukes. He completed 21 of 33 passes for 287 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for a team-leading 110 yards on 14 carries.
In a double overtime victory over Tulsa, Andrew Peasley (Utah State) completed 20 of 30 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns. He also led the team with 45 rushing yards on 10 carries.
Leading the Jaguars to an easy victory against Nicholls State, Carter Bradley (Toledo) completed 17 of 25 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns.
Champ Flemings (Oregon State) finished his first game with the Red Wolves with seven receptions for 122 yards and one touchdown.
Kyle Vantrease (Buffalo) impressed in his Eagles’ debut with 367 yards and four touchdowns while completing 29 of 46 passes.