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Highest-graded players at every position through Week 4 of the 2021 college football season

Another week of the 2021 college football season is over, and upsets continue to dominate the headlines.

The Clemson Tigers went down for the second time this season already, while sleeper picks North Carolina and Iowa State lost their second games as well. Alabama and Georgia look to be the best teams in college football, but with how teams are falling left and right, no one looks unbeatable. The Crimson Tide play Ole Miss and Georgia takes on Arkansas in Week 5.

We have a few changes at the top of the highest-graded players lists this week, starting with a new name leading the Power Five quarterbacks.

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Power Five: Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland Terrapins | 93.0

Are we witnessing the emergence of another Tagovailoa? Taulia didn’t grade supremely well last season, finishing with just a 64.7 mark, but his tape looked much better than that. He was bound for a breakout season, and we are seeing exactly that so far. He’s consistently throwing to the right receiver, as evidenced by his 85.2% adjusted completion rate and zero turnover-worthy plays so far in 2021.

Group of Five: Malik Willis, Liberty Flames | 91.3

The Flames stumbled in Syracuse last Friday night, but Willis still dazzled and made his claim for the top overall spot in next year's NFL draft. Willis hasn’t thrown an interception yet, and his big-time throw rate of 13.5% ranks second in the country. He also slots into second in the country in quarterback rushing grade (90.3). For reference, only 10 quarterbacks sit above even 80.0. Just over 57% of his rushes have resulted in either a first down or touchdown, the seventh-best rate in the country.    

Running Back

Power Five: Blake Corum, Michigan Wolverines | 88.8

Corum retains the top spot, even after being bottled up by Rutgers on Saturday. He’s up to 6.9 yards per carry this season, with only 10% of his runs going for no gain or a loss. He’s also created in the pass game with a 130.1 passer rating on nine targets.

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