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SECOND QUARTER: THE MATTER OF PATIENCE AND ENDURANCE
Sometimes a transfer is best. The Dash has noticed those who won big – players and teams – using the transfer portal. And sometimes it’s pretty obvious when a player has to leave college and go to the NFL.
But sometimes – many times – a change of address is not the best solution. Sometimes it also pays to stay seated and drive out of some difficulty. The Dash pays tribute to 10 upper-class men who get the most out of their decisions to stay in the schools where they started their college careers:
Kenny Pickett (11), Pittsburgh. Status: fifth year quarterback. Statistics: sixth-ranked fit in the nation, leading a 6-1 Panthers team that is two games up the losing column on its nearest pursuer (Virginia) in the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division. Last December, Pickett was close to writing his name in the NFL draft, but chose to take the NCAA’s free fifth year of eligibility. Now he blows up the air and raises drawing boards.
Pickett’s pass efficiency assesses his first four seasons in Pitt: 125.8, 120.3, 122.4, 129.6. This year: 176.1. If he stays healthy the rest of the season, Pickett is virtually certain to be the school’s leader in his career. And he is now generating significant Heisman Trophy buzz.
Hassan Haskins (12), Michigan. Status: senior running back. Statistics: second place on the team in rushing (602 yards in a job split with sophomore Blake Corum) and second in touchdowns (10). Wolverines have 7-0. Each time Haskins has scored 20 carries in a game in Michigan, he has produced more than 100 yards, including each of the last two games.
In 2018, Haskins was only a special teams player. In ’19 and ’20, Haskins was given limited support in the first games of the season, before taking on a bigger role as the seasons progressed. This year, while again sharing the position (this time Corum, formerly Zach Charbonnet), Haskins is an increasingly important part of the offense. Only seven games after he has had a career-high 124 carries. Coach Jim Harbaugh cites Haskins’ return as one of the developments that strengthened the team’s leadership.
BJ Baylor (13), Oregon State. Status: Fifth year behind. Statistics: leads Pac-12 in rushing and is sixth nationally with 118.4 yards per. match. One of only two players at the national level with more than 100 carries, who on average have more than seven yards per game. rush. Beavers are 5-2 and even the lead in Pac-12 North with 3-1.
After redshirting in 2018, Baylor had a total of 81 carries over the next three seasons, never more than 10 in a match, just one of many backing the lead Jermar Jefferson. This season, Baylor have taken over the position and produced three-digit emergency matches against all four Pac-12 opponents. He has the most runs at 30 plus yards in the conference (five) and the most 40 plus (four).
Abram Smith (14), Baylor. Status: Fifth year senior running back. Statistics: 10. nationally in rushing yards per. match at 112.1. The only one left in the country with more than 100 carries, which on average has several yards per. rush end Oregon State’s Baylor (7.48). The Bears are 6-1 and are in second place in the Big 12.
In his first four seasons at Baylor, Smith had a total of 12 carries. He sat out the entire 2017 season like a red shirt after tearing an ACL in the preseason, playing sparingly as a running back and more on special teams in ’18 and ’19, while even trying on linebackers, and then spending the entire final season on linebackers. Smith led the Bears in tackles in each of the last four games of the season. Last spring, coach Dave Aranda Smith asked if he was interested in returning to running back. He accepted the challenge and is on track to become Baylor’s first 1,000-yard rusher in five years.
Jaivon Heiligh (15), Coastal Carolina. Status: senior wide receiver. Statistics: 13. nationally in receiving yards per. match (96.6) and 18th place in yards per. catch (19.3). Coastal Carolina is 6-1 this season, 1-2 over the last two.
Heiligh entered the field as a true novice in 2018, catching 14 passes and starting two games. He then turned into the Coastals’ leading receiver as a sophomore and has had that distinction ever since, capturing 146 passes over the last two and a half seasons. He had 13 178-yard receptions in the Cure Bowl against Liberty last season and has had four 100-yard receiving games this season. While he certainly could have gained interest from Power 5 programs via the transfer portal, Heiligh became in Conway, SC, and is on his way to becoming Coastal’s all-time leader in receiving yards.
Luke Masterson (16), Wake Forest. Status: sixth year senior linebacker. Statistics: leads the team in tackles (6.86 per game) and is fifth in the ACC in solo tackles (32). The Demondia women are 7-0 for the first time since 1944 and have never been 8-0.
Masterson was red-shirted all the way back in 2016 and has played three positions at Wake: linebacker, safety and rover. He has missed significant parts of three seasons due to injuries. A returning team captain, he had two sacks and three tackles for losses in the win over Virginia and forced a fumble to end the game against Louisville.
Frank Harris (17), UTSA. Status: Fifth year senior quarterback. Statistics: in the top 20 nationally in completion rate and top 25 in pass efficiency. On its way to breaking its own school record for completion rate. Roadrunners are 8-0.
Harris did not play his first two years in college at all, redshirting and then needing a second season to retrain an injury. He took over as the starting quarterback in 2019, but had a season-ending injury in the fourth game. Last year, he played an entire season and UTSA went 7-5. This year, Harris has improved its efficiency rating from 129.4 to 157.7 and has an average of 258 yards per carry. battle in total attack.
Travis Dye (18), Oregon. Status: Fourth year behind. Statistics: Leads the ducks in rushing yards, touchdowns and all-purpose yardage. Set an FBS record against UCLA on Saturday with touchdowns on four consecutive carries. Oregon is 6-1.
Dye has been a power player for four years, but has always shared the job with CJ Verdell, who got most of the work this year until a season-ending injury to Stanford. In the last three games, Dye has produced 424 yards from scrimmage and five TDs. If Dye had decided to look elsewhere in search of being back, hope Oregon’s College Football Playoff would likely be derailed by this time.
Brian Robinson (19), Alabama. Status: Fifth year behind. Statistics: leads the Southeastern Conference in rushing attempts (142) and rushing touchdowns (11), despite missing a game. He is third in the SEC in rushing yards per. match (100.9) and number two in yards per. match from scrimmage (123.9). Alabama is 7-1.
Robinson is a child from his hometown waiting for his turn behind Damien Harris and Najee Harris. Now he is the function back and has been a workhorse in October with an average of 29.5 touches per. game. Robinson’s leg will be one of the keys to Crimson Tide keeping its national title defense alive over the next month.
Haskell Garrett (20), Ohio State. Status: fifth year of defensive tackle. Statistics: leads the Buckeyes in tackles for losses (six) and sacks (four and a half) and has scored touchdowns both this year and last. Ohio State is 6-1.
Garrett had three tackles in 2017, eight in ’18, 10 in ’19, and then he was finally in a position to be a prominent member of the Ohio State defense last year. That was when he was shot in the face in August while trying to break a fight. Miraculously, Garrett escaped serious injury and was able to play last season – and play well. This season he has increased his production and the Buckeyes have come forward in recent weeks.
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