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20 PFF College stats to know from Week 1

By PFF Analysis Team
Sep 2, 2018

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Sep 1, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Will Grier (7) drops back to pass in the first quarter against the Tennessee Volunteers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

PFF’s team of analysts work countless hours during the football season, grading every player on every play of every game at the FBS level. Along with our grades, the PFF data generated from our analysis processes also generate a bevy of advanced statistics that showcase individual standout performances.

This list of statistics was brought to you by Eckrich, the Official Smoked Sausage of the College Football Playoff.

With that in mind, each week our team of analysts will highlight those standout performances with 20 takeaways from the previous weekend slate of games.

Week 1

Will Grier, QB, West Virginia

Our Quarterback of the Week, Grier peppered the field with six big-time throws, some of which his receivers were unable to haul in. He finished with a strong adjusted completion percentage of 79.4 percent.

Mason Fine, QB, North Texas

Led the nation’s quarterbacks who threw at least 30 passes with an adjusted completion percentage of 89.6 as he completed 40-of-50 passes while having three passes dropped, one batted at the line of scrimmage and one throwaway.

Keytaon Thompson, QB, Mississippi State

Led the nation with 12 deep passing attempts, completing seven of them for a nation-high 246 yards and three scores.

Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Completed three out of eight deep (20-plus yard) passes, but had four of his five incompletions dropped. His 87.5 adjusted completion percentage on deep passes tied for third in the nation this week.

Stephen Calvert, QB, Liberty

Calvert lit up the stat sheet in Liberty’s first game as an FBS school, tossing for the nation’s highest adjusted completion percentage when kept clean from pressure (96.2 percent), connecting on 23-of-27 attempts from a clean pocket with two dropped passes.

Tim Jordan, RB, Tennessee

Jordan forced 12 missed tackles on only 20 rushes, good for a nation-high elusive rating of 223.6.

Laviska Shenault, WR, Colorado

Shenault hauled in 11-of-12 targets, recording a ridiculous 213 yards after the catch, totaling 211 yards through the air on 24 snaps in route.

John Ursua, WR, Hawaii

53 receivers saw at least 10 targets in Week 1 and of those receivers – Ursua led them all with a perfect passer rating (158.3) when targeted, hauling in 10 of his 12 targeted passes for 167 yards and 2 touchdowns.

JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford

Caught 6-of-7 deep-pass targets (20-plus yards) for a whopping 226 yards, the second-most deep receiving yards in a single game in the PFF College era (2014-present), trailing only Allenzae Staggers’ 249 in Week 5 of 2016.

Trevon Grimes & Van Jefferson, WR, Florida

The two transfers immediately impacted their new team, combining for 11 targets, three touchdowns, 12.6 yards per reception and a whopping 132.9 passer rating when targeted.

Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

Despite running only 12 routes, Brown collected 133 receiving yards on six catches, good for 11.1 yards per route run, tops among receivers taking on FBS competition.

Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State

Our No. 10 player in the nation heading into the season, Risner did not allow a pressure in pass protection on 37 attempts.

Marquise Copeland, DI, Cincinnati

PIcked up a run stop on six of his 20 snaps against the run, good for a run-stop percentage of 30.0, best in the nation this week.

Ed Oliver, DI, Houston

The nation’s best run defender was at it again with six run stops, tied for the national lead among interior defensive linemen.

Dre’Mont Jones, DI, Ohio State

Jones posted the top pass-rushing grade among interior defensive linemen with three sacks and a QB hit on only 20 pass-rushing snaps.

Chase Young, Edge, Ohio State

Rounding out one of the best defensive lines in the nation, Young notched nine total pressures (three QB hits, six hurries) on only 18 attempts rushing the passer.

Chase Winovich, Edge, Michigan

Picked up a sack, three QB hits and four hurries on only 20 pass-rushing snaps against Notre Dame.

Montrell Curtis, CB, Ole Miss

Custis was targeted nine times, allowing five catches for just 49 yards, but also breaking up four passes.

Darnay Holmes, CB, UCLA

Targeted only three times, Holmes didn’t allow a catch and broke up two passes.

Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

Thompson lit up the stat sheet with an interception, sack and three pass breakups on his 57 snaps, good for a spot on our Team of the Week.

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