College football: Top 10 player rankings after Week 8
For the first time since Week 6, the top three players, CJ Stroud of Ohio State, Hendon Hooker of Tennessee, and Bryce Young of Alabama were all back in action.
Needless to say, the skilled passers did not disappoint.
Stroud delivered 286 passing yards and four second-half touchdowns, Hooker finished for 276 passing and three touchdowns, and Young ended his game with 249 yards and two touchdowns.
While the three leading quarterbacks continued to vie for a Heisman Trophy nomination, Clemson's quarterback struggled tremendously.
Not only did DJ Uiagalelei throw his second interception of the season last weekend, but he also fumbled the ball for a returned touchdown.
As for the remaining top players on our list, they each performed well.
Receivers Emeka Egbuka, Marvin Harrison Jr., and Julian Flemming led the Buckeyes as top receivers each with scores of their own, while Bijan Robinson of Texas was the star running-back of the week with 140 rushing yards and two scores – including a 41-yard touchdown catch.
Tennessee's Jalin Hyatt was once again outstanding and he's turning into one of the nation's best receivers this season, while Alabama's Will Anderson dominant defense is back.
Having said all that, here's what our TAG24 player rankings look like ahead of Week 9:
1. CJ Stroud – QB, Ohio State
2. Hendon Hooker – QB, Tennessee
3. Bryce Young – QB, Alabama
4. Emeka Egbuka/ Marvin Harrison Jr – WRs, Ohio State
5. Julian Flemming – WR, Ohio State
6. Blake Corum – RB, Michigan
7. Bijan Robinson – RB, Texas (+1)
8. Jalin Hyatt - WR, Tennessee (+2)
9. Will Anderson – LB, Alabama
10. DJ Uiagalelei – QB, Clemson (-3)
What does Clemson's DJ Uiagalelei Week 8 showing mean for the Tigers?
Statistically, DJ Uiagalelei was among the worst college quarterbacks in the country last season, with 106th in yards per dropback, 118th in touchdowns per-pass, and 103rd in adjusted completion percentage.
The Tigers starter has drastically transformed this season, becoming a front-runner for a Heisman nomination, but his performance last weekend made some question the true extent of his progress.
After his struggles to lead the offense against Syracuse, Clemson benched the veteran and turned to five-star freshman backup Cade Klubnik.
Klubnik led the Tigers to three fourth-quarter scoring drives and a heroic 27-21 comeback victory.
Interestingly, coach Dabo Swinney believes there is no quarterback controversy in Death Valley and Uiagalelei will remain the starter.
Though it will not be easy to put Klubnik back on the bench after such a stellar showing, Swinney clearly trusts Uiagalelei to lead the Tigers for the rest of the season.
But as Swinney made clear in an interview on the Rich Eisen Show, no one's position is safe.
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