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Highest-graded players at every position through Week 5 of the 2022 college football season

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Minnesota headlines the list: The Golden Gophers lead the way with three players who are the highest-graded at their position in the Power Five.

Air Force tight end Kyle Patterson: He’s now the highest-graded player in the country with a 93.9 overall grade.

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We’re nearly at the halfway point of the 2022 college football season, the point at which the best players and teams really start to separate themselves from the pack. Let’s take a look at the former here. These are the highest-graded Power Five and Group of Five players at each position through Week 5.

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Quarterback

Power Five: Tanner Morgan, Minnesota Golden Gophers | 92.5

Next up: Drake Maye, North Carolina Tar Heels | 91.5

Tanner Morgan came crashing down to earth against Purdue, earning just a 55.6 grade in Minnesota’s first loss of the season. He made no big-time throws and three turnover-worthy plays in the 20-10 defeat. 

Morgan’s overall season has still been very impressive, with three of his five games finishing producing a 90.0-plus grade. He and Minnesota have off this week before looking to get back on track against Illinois.

Group of Five: Rocky Lombardi, Northern Illinois Huskies | 91.0

Next up: Todd Centeio, James Madison Dukes | 90.9

Rocky Lombardi missed the past two games with a knee injury, but he’s made the most of his time on the field. The former Michigan State quarterback has a 91.1 passing grade on the season, second to only Tanner Morgan in the country. If healthy, he’ll travel to Ypsilanti, Michigan, to face Eastern Michigan this week.


Running Back

Power Five: Miyan Williams, Ohio State Buckeyes | 90.5

Next up: Blake Corum, Michigan Wolverines | 89.6

Entering this season, Miyan Williams was seen as a complementary back to TreVeyon Henderson. So far, the opposite is true. 

Williams has averaged 7.8 yards per carry this season, second-most in the Power Five. At 5-foot-9 and 225 pounds, he’s a load to bring down. His 0.44 missed tackles forced per attempt is the sixth-best rate among Power Five running backs. No. 3 Ohio State travels to East Lansing to take on Michigan State this weekend.

Group of Five: Dae Hunter, Liberty Flames | 81.1

Next up: Nathan Carter, UConn Huskies | 80.9

Dae Hunter is a versatile stud for Liberty. The Hawaii transfer is the only running back with top-10 grades as both a runner and receiver in the Group of Five. On the ground, Hunter has 15 carries of 10-plus yards, tied for fourth-most in the Group of Five. He and the Flames are on the road to face UMass this week.

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