The 2021 college football season is now fully upon us. Every team has played at least one game, and we have grades on every player who has played a single snap. There are some surprising names atop the list of top-graded players through two weeks of action, but with the rash of upsets we’ve already seen, this could become the norm going forward.
Here are the top-graded Power Five and Group of Five players at each position group in college football through Week 1.
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Power Five: Cade McNamara, Michigan | 93.1 PFF Grade
McNamara was only named the starter last week but provided Michigan with a much needed aerial threat, albeit against Western Michigan. His adjusted completion rate of 100% was top notch. He completed nine of 11 throws, but both incompletions were passes batted at the line of scrimmage. The offensive scheme caused him to get the ball out of his hands quickly, as he sported a 2.08-second average time to throw and produced one big-time throw.
Group of Five: Taylor Powell, Troy | 92.8 PFF Grade
The Trojans of Troy hammered Southern behind the stellar play of Powell, who only completed 17 of 28 passes but was subjected to a whopping five dropped passes. His adjusted completion rate is a much higher 88% than the 60% that will go in the record books. He still threw for 234 yards on those 17 completions.
Power Five: Tank Bigsby, Auburn | 90.8 PFF Grade
Bigsby only handled 13 carries and added a catch as Auburn blew the doors off Akron to start the season. On those 14 touches, Bigsby gained 138 for almost 10 yards per touch. He forced three missed tackles, scored two touchdowns and already looks like the Heisman sleeper we expected coming into the season.