- Michigan has the highest-graded quarterback: J.J. McCarthy’s 94.4 grade ranks first among all signal-callers in the country.
- Javon Foster is the highest-graded offensive lineman: The Missouri tackle is proving why we had him as a top-10 tackle entering the season.
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While most teams have only played two games, some players are starting to separate from the pack.
Here are the highest-graded Power Five and Group of Five players at every position so far.
McCarthy has been on fire through the first two weeks, albeit against subpar competition. His 88.9% adjusted completion rate is fourth among all FBS quarterbacks. Of all the quarterbacks in the country with no turnover-worthy plays, the junior has tossed the most big-time throws (five).
Pratt missed Tulane’s Week 2 matchup against Ole Miss, but he was historically efficient in the opening weekend, earning a 98.5 passing grade that now stands as the second-best single-game mark of the PFF College era. The junior completed 14 of his 15 passes, the lone incompletion a drop by his receiver. Four of those 15 attempts were charted as big-time throws.
Michael Pratt earned a 98.0 passing grade against South Alabama last night.
That’s the second-best single-game mark by an FBS quarterback in the @PFF_College era (Since 2014).
— Max Chadwick (@MaxChadwickCFB) September 3, 2023
Marks is a do-it-all back for the Bulldogs. He currently ranks second among all FBS backs in both rushing grade (88.9) and receiving grade (89.3).
Marks isn’t the only one who excels in more than one aspect, as Ford is one of five Group of Five running backs who have earned 75.0-plus grades as both a rusher and pass-blocker.
While Washington is fourth on his team in targets, he’s made the most of them. He’s caught all nine that have come his way for 233 yards, the 10th-most in the country. His 6.13 yards per route run leads all Power Five wide receivers.
Davis is fourth among Group of Five receivers in yards per route run this season (4.37). He’s also been targeted on 40% of his routes, tied for fifth in the country.
McRee has caught all eight of his targets that have come his way and has racked up 63 yards after the catch, the eighth-most among FBS tight ends.
McGary is one of only four tight ends who have posted 70.0-plus grades as both a receiver and run-blocker. His 81.0 run-blocking grade ranks fifth in the nation at the position.
Javon Foster was a top-10 offensive tackle entering the season and has proven why. His 91.0 run-blocking grade is second among all FBS tackles, and he’s surrendered only one pressure on 52 pass-blocking snaps.
Air Force has thrown the ball on just 7.8% of its plays this season, the lowest rate in the country. Suffice it to say, Carlan and the rest of the Falcons’ offensive line must dominate in the run game. The senior’s done precisely that, as his 86.4 run-blocking grade is second among Group of Five tackles.
Fusile is the only guard in the country who is top-five in both pass-blocking grade (third) and run-blocking grade (fourth). He still hasn’t allowed a pressure on 72 pass-blocking snaps.
Webb is the only FBS guard with 85.0-plus pass-blocking and run-blocking grades. His 86.7 run-blocking grade leads all FBS guards.
Tollison is a road grader for the Tigers. His 87.7 run-blocking grade is over six points higher than the next-closest center in college football.
While Tollison excels in the run game, Meyer is dominant in pass protection. He still hasn’t allowed a pressure on 74 pass-blocking snaps, while his 87.7 pass-blocking grade is second in the country.
Interior Defensive Lineman
Graham had an eye-popping season in 2022, earning an 80.3 grade as a true freshman. He’s continued to shine as a sophomore, with his 91.0 run-defense grade leading all Power Five interior defensive linemen.
Bristol third among FBS interior defensive linemen in run-defense grade (90.3) and third in pass-rushing grade (84.8). He’s the only defensive tackle in the country to place in the top 10 for both.
Latu enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2022 after not playing in either of the 2020 and 2021 seasons due to a neck injury. That dominance also seems to have extended to this season, showing why we project him as a top-10 pick in the 2024 draft. His 92.5 pass-rushing grade leads all FBS edge defenders.
Richter has also shined as a pass-rusher this season. His 36.8% pass-rush win rate leads all edge defenders in the country.
James is one of four FBS linebackers with 80.0-plus grades as both a run defender and in coverage. He has four stops in each aspect.
Baker was one of the other three linebackers who earned 80.0-plus grades in each department. He’s allowed only one catch for zero yards in coverage while coming down with an interception.
Despite only being targeted five times in coverage, Jones has an interception and two coverage stops.
Nicolas-Paul has an interception on only four targets in his primary coverage, and he has allowed just 0.60 yards per coverage snap.
Kaufman is quickly establishing himself as one of the best downhill safeties in the country. His 96.6 run-defense grade leads the nation’s safeties, while his 93.9 pass-rushing grade is second.
Stanley, meanwhile, is at his best in coverage. His 90.3 coverage grade is tied for fourth among FBS safeties. This isn’t anything new, either. Last year, Stanley's 84.8 PFF grade tied for eighth among all safeties in the country.