Below is a list of PFF’s highest-graded seniors in college football through Week 2 of the 2019 college football season.
1. Edge Jabari Zuniga, Florida (93.4)
Among the 165 FBS edge defenders with at least 40 pass-rush opportunities this season, Zuniga ranks second in pass-rush grade (91.8), sixth in pass-rush win percentage (26.4%), tied for seventh in total pressures (11) and seventh in pressure percentage (20.8%). The 6-foot-4, 264-pounder has beat up weaker competition with ease; his first real test will come against Kentucky this week. The Wildcats’ starters at offensive tackle, Landon Young and Darian Kinnard, have allowed just three pressures between themselves so far this season.
2. QB Joe Burrow, LSU (92.8)
Burrow leads all 109 FBS signal-callers with 50 or more dropbacks this season in passing grade at 92.9. The LSU signal-caller also ranks tied for first in total big-time throws (7) and second in adjusted completion percentage (87.9%) all while maintaining a high 9.9 average depth of target. From a clean pocket, Burrow has completed 41-of-47 passes for 484 yards, six touchdowns and just one interception, earning an impressive 93.0 clean-pocket passing grade in the process. Burrow also ranks third in percentage of clean-pocket passes charted as accurate (82.2%) so far this season.
3. Edge Alex Highsmith, Charlotte (92.5)
Totaling 12 pressures and an additional six pass-rush wins in just 40 pass-rush snaps, Highsmith leads all qualifying FBS edge defenders in pass-rush grade (93.3) through Week 2. Of course, going against Gardner-Webb and App State paved the way for Highsmith’s favorable production. His grade will be put to the test when he goes against Clemson later this month.
4. S Eric Lee Jr., Nebraska (92.0)
Lee leads all FBS safeties with 20 or more coverage snaps played so far this season in coverage grade at 91.9. He’s allowed just three receptions from five targets for 77 yards, forced one incompletion and snagged two interceptions in his 65 coverage snaps. He also has four defensive stops and zero missed tackles on the year.
5. QB Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma (90.7)
Hurts has been incredible for the Sooners thus far. The ‘Bama transfer currently ranks third in passing grade (90.0) and fifth in adjusted completion percentage (85%) among qualifying signal-callers. He also leads all FBS quarterbacks with 232 rushing yards and 12 rushing first downs.
6. T Travis Bruffy, Texas Tech (90.3)
Underclassmen Andrew Thomas and Tristan Wirfs lead all offensive tackles in overall grade at 94.7 and 90.4, respectively. Bruffy is close behind, though, with his 90.3 overall grade across 167 offensive snaps. He’s also earned an 89.6 pass-blocking grade and an 89.5 run-blocking grade on the year, two impressive feats for 6-foot-6, 305-pound senior offensive lineman.
7. T Tremayne Anchurm, Clemson (90.2)
Anchrum is currently right behind Bruffy in overall grade at 90.3. He’s also earned a 78.8 pass-blocking grade and an 89.3 run-blocking grade across his 116 offensive snaps thus far. Anchrum, a 6-foot-2, 315-pounder, has allowed just two pressures in his 61 pass-blocking snaps and buried some of his opponents in the run game.
8. DI Garrett Marino, UAB (90.2)
The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Marino has earned a 90.2 overall grade, 90.7 run-defense grade and an 80.3 pass-rush grade so far this season, picking up 10 total pressures and eight defensive stops along the way. Marino won’t really be tested against high-end competition until the Blazers take on Tennessee in early November, though. We’ll check back on him then to see if his grade is maintained against the Vols.