20 PFF College stats to know from Week 2
PFF’s team of analysts work countless hours during the football season, grading every player on every play of every game at the FBS level. Along with our grades, the PFF data generated from our analysis processes also generate a bevy of advanced statistics that showcase individual standout performances.
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With that in mind, each week our team of analysts will highlight those standout performances with 20 takeaways from the previous weekend slate of games.
Zac Thomas, QB, Appalachian State
Thomas completed all 14 of his passes for a 100 percent adjusted completion percentage including going 7-for-7 for 242 yards and three touchdowns on passes targeted 10-plus yards downfield.
Jordan Ta’amu, QB, Ole Miss
Hit seven deep shots for 306 yards and four touchdowns on passes targeted at least 20 yards downfield for a deep-pass passer rating of 142.4.
Brent Stockstill, QB, Middle Tennessee State
When kept clean from pressure, as he was on 81.6 percent of his dropbacks, Stockstill connected on 25-of-31 passes (despite having two passes dropped) for a ridiculous 407 passing yards and five touchdowns, tying for the national lead in Week 2.
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Haskins lit up the field against Rutgers but especially when he allowed his routes to develop, seeing a perfect passer rating of 158.3 on passes thrown 2.6 seconds or more after the snap.
Karan Higdon, RB, Michigan
Higdon needed just 13 carries to force five missed tackles while averaging 7.62 yards after contact per rush in Michigan’s blowout win.
Kylin Hill, RB, Mississippi State
Earning a spot on our Team of the Week for his efforts, Hill forced eight missed tackles on 17 carries and ran for 211 yards (12.4 yards per carry).
AJ Dillon, RB, Boston College
Dillon needed just six carries in the game’s first five minutes before his day was done, tallying 128 of his 149 yards on breakaway, 15-plus yard carries and three touchdowns for the afternoon.
Pooka Williams Jr., RB, Kansas
In Kansas’ first road win in 46 games, Williams was a tackle-breaking machine, forcing 10 missed tackles on just 14 rushing attempts and averaging 7.71 yards after contact per carry.
A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
A standard on this list it seems, Brown saw a perfect passer rating when targeted, hauling in 8-of-9 targets for 158 yards and two touchdowns.
A.J. Taylor, WR, Wisconsin
Running just 10 snaps in route against New Mexico, Taylor tallied 134 receiving yards en route to a ridiculous 13.40 yards per route run average, tops in Week 2.
Gary Jennings Jr., WR, West Virginia
Jennings feasted from the slot for WVU, hauling in 6-of-7 targeted passes for 97 yards and three touchdowns to lead the nation’s receivers.
Yasir Durant, OT, Missouri
Durant was dominant in pass protection, not allowing a single pressure over 49 pass-blocking snaps in Missouri’s win.
Donnel Stanley, C, South Carolina
Stanley did not allow a single pressure in pass protection against Georgia, joining 47 other FBS centers who accomplished that feat. Stanley, however, led all FBS centers with 52 pass-blocking snaps without a pressure.
Ed Oliver & Dexter Lawrence, interior defensive linemen
Oliver notched a career-high six pressures, all hurries, on 33 rushes while Lawrence also accumulated six pressures but on 34 pass-rushes.
Brian Burns, edge, Florida State
Leading all edge defenders in Week 2, Burns racked up 10 total QB pressures on 49 pass-rush snaps.
Joe Giles-Harris, Ben Humphreys, LB, Duke
Combined for 14 stops (tackles resulting in an offensive failure) against Northwestern.
Devin White, LB, LSU
Seven stops, 95.5 grade against the run, the highest run-defense grade among Power-5 linebackers in Week 2.
Malik Antoine, CB, Stanford
On 35 snaps in coverage against USC, Antoine was targeted just twice, intercepting both passes.
Malik Gant, S, Marshall
Gant was a menace against the run, tallying eight stops for an offensive failure on 30 snaps against the run, all eight of which came when he lined up inside the box (within 8 yards of the line of scrimmage).
Daniel Thomas, S, Auburn
Thomas recorded two interceptions, joining Houston’s Garrett Davis and Notre Dame’s Jalen Elliott atop the leaderboard among safeties in Week 2. Thomas, however, needed just 20 snaps in coverage to record his two picks while Davis and Elliott saw 33 and 54 snaps, respectively, in coverage.