Ranking SEC football's best transfer portal classes, performances after Week 1

Nick Suss
Mississippi Clarion Ledger

OXFORD − In news that should come as a shock to absolutely no one, Ole Miss football leads the SEC in transfer portal player production one week into the 2022 season.

SEC teams have already lined up 92 players acquired in the transfer portal this offseason for at least one offensive or defense snap. This does not include players who have contributed on special teams or players who transferred to their schools in previous years.

The Rebels relied on transfers the most, using them for 598 snaps in the Rebels' 28-10 win over Troy. Ole Miss leads all SEC teams in rushing yards, tackles, tackles for loss and sacks produced by transfers and rank second in receiving yards and touchdowns.

But the Rebels weren't the only SEC teams to make transfers a major part of their gameplans. Let's take a look at how each SEC team's transfer portal acquisitions fared and rank the league's five best transfers through Week 1.

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How SEC transfers performed on offense

TeamPass YardsRush YardsReceiving YardsTotal TDs
Alabama093402
Arkansas0-261
Auburn1007600
Florida075811
Georgia0000
Kentucky0101360
LSU209137143
Mississippi State00231
Missouri34142432
Ole Miss1541801122
South Carolina227-9621
Tennessee0-18420
Texas A&M231100
Vanderbilt*0701
*Vanderbilt's stats cover two games, not one

Ole Miss, South Carolina and LSU all started transfer quarterbacks, but no one from the trio of Jaxson Dart, Spencer Rattler and Jayden Daniels had a stellar performance. Daniels played best in a losing effort, logging 209 passing yards, 114 rushing yards and two touchdowns, but more than half of that production came in the fourth quarter of a losing effort.

Alabama running back Jahymr Gibbs only needed 10 touches to get to 98 yards from scrimmage and Missouri rode transfer backs Nathaniel Peat and Cody Schrader for 142 yards and two scores.

How SEC transfers performed on defense

TeamTacklesTFLsSacksInterceptions
Alabama2000
Arkansas243.52.51
Auburn5000
Florida2000
Georgia0000
Kentucky6000
LSU18000
Mississippi State4100
Missouri183.52.52
Ole Miss33840
South Carolina50.500
Tennessee8000
Texas A&M0000
Vanderbilt*8210
*Vanderbilt's stats cover two games, not one

Missouri and Arkansas defenders showed off their big-play ability, making three interceptions and forcing one fumble. Ole Miss' transfers almost had as many sacks and tackles for loss as the rest of the SEC combined and Rebels linebacker Troy Brown led all transfers with 11 tackles.

Ranking the SEC's top 5 transfer portal adds: Week 1

No. 5: Alabama WR Jermaine Burton

Burton made the best of his first game in an Alabama uniform after transferring from rival Georgia. He caught two touchdowns from Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young, including the Crimson Tide's first score of the season, to headline a day with five catches for 35 yards.

No. 4: Arkansas DL Jordan Domineck

This spot very easily could've gone to fellow Arkansas defenders like Dwight McGlothern, Terry Hampton or Drew Sanders. But instead, it goes to Domineck, the former Georgia Tech player whose sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery set up the Razorbacks' decisive score to defeat Cincinnati.

No. 3: Florida OL O'Cyrus Torrence

After following coach Billy Napier from Louisiana to Florida, Torrence began his SEC career about as well as possible. His 81.7 Pro Football Focus grade is the best among any starting lineman in the league, he didn't allow a sack, hit, hurry or pressure in 29 pass blocking snaps and his run blocking grade was second best among SEC starters.

No. 2: Missouri LB Ty'Ron Hopper

Hopper, who was at Florida, didn't skip a beat after switching SEC East squads. Hopper made six tackles, including two tackles for loss and a sack, and intercepted a pass in the Tigers' win over Louisiana Tech. Pro Football Focus grades Hopper as the sixth-best Power 5 defender at any position who has played 50 or more snaps.

No. 1: Ole Miss LB Khari Coleman

More than any SEC transfer, Coleman showed how to make a first impression. The former TCU standout leads the nation with five tackles for loss and is the only SEC defender with more than one sack (two). Coleman almost singlehandedly ended a Troy drive in the first quarter, logging four tackles and three TFLs in six plays to force a punt.

Honorable mentions: Kentucky receiver Tayvion Robinson (six catches, 136 yards), Ole Miss running back Zach Evans (152 yards from scrimmage), Arkansas DB Dwight McGlothern (four tackles, one interception, one pass breakup)

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