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TRUERockyTop
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On3: The best quarterback/running back/wide receiver trios in college football in 2022

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Today, we’re talking about triplets – specifically, the top 10 quarterback/running back/wide receiver trios in college football.

We’re not talking about the best quarterback, or the best wide receiver units, or the best quarterback/running back duo. Nor is it a simple measure of talent level. Instead, it’s a ranking of the quarterback/running back/wide receiver triumvirates we think will be extremely productive this fall.

We’re looking at offensive triplets today. Friday, we will look at top defensive triplets (lineman, linebacker and defensive back).


Full list 1-10:

10. Kentucky
9. Fresno St
8. Ole Miss
7. Tennessee
6. Oklahoma
5. Wake Forest (Pre Hartman being out)
4. Texas
3. Southern Cal
2. Alabama
1. Ohio St


10. Kentucky
The trio: QB Will Levis, RB Chris Rodriguez Jr., WR Tayvion Robinson
The buzz: Levis, who began his career at Penn State, is getting a ton of preseason hype as a potential first-rounder in the 2023 NFL Draft. He certainly has the physical traits: He is 6 feet 4 and 230 pounds, possesses a big arm and can run. But he needs to increase his production: In eight SEC games last season, he threw for more than 179 yards once. And while he threw 24 TD passes, he also threw 13 interceptions. Still, he has a high ceiling and gives UK a quarterback it can count on. If he’s eligible, Rodriguez gives UK one of the best running backs in the nation. He rushed for 1,379 yards last season and is 1,134 yards from becoming the leading career rusher in school history. Rodriguez is a physical runner with a burst: He has averaged an impressive 6.6 yards per carry on his 417 career attempts. Robinson arrived from Virginia Tech via the transfer portal. He led the Hokies in receptions last season with 44; he could double that this season, as well as match his career TD catch total with the Hokies (nine).


8. Ole Miss
The trio: QB Jaxson Dart, RB Zach Evans, WR Jonathan Mingo
The buzz: This is going off potential and not necessarily on-field production. Dart and Evans arrived via the portal: Dart from USC and Evans from TCU. Mingo played in just six games in 2021 before suffering a season-ending injury. And there’s a new offensive coordinator, too: Charlie Weis Jr. Can Weis (and coach Lane Kiffin) make sure all the new pieces fit together? Dart started twice and played in six games for USC last season, showing off a good arm and mobility (but also questionable decision-making, with five picks) as a true freshman. Evans is immensely talented; he has good speed and can run between the tackles. But for various reasons, he played in just 15 games in two seasons with the Horned Frogs. Mingo should be 100 percent and is primed for a big season. If these three reach their potential, Ole Miss could have a top-five offense nationally. If they don’t? Ole Miss could have one of the top five offenses in the SEC.


7. Tennessee
The trio: QB Hendon Hooker, RB Jabari Small, WR Cedric Tillman
The buzz: The Vols’ offense really got cranked up in the second half of the season – once Hooker, who had transferred from Virginia Tech, got truly comfortable in coach Josh Heupel’s scheme. Hooker threw for 2,945 yards, 31 TDs and just three interceptions; he also ran for 613 yards and five TDs. Small opened the season as a reserve, but he, too, came on strong down the stretch; he has 1,000-yard, 12-TD potential. Tillman is a legit deep threat who had 12 TD receptions last season; 10 of those came in the final seven games. He ended the season with four consecutive 100-yard games and had five such outings in the final six games.


2. Alabama
The trio: QB Bryce Young, RB Jahmyr Gibbs, WR Jermaine Burton
The buzz: Young is trying to become just the second player to win two Heismans. He threw for 4,872 yards and 47 TDs last season, his first working with OC Bill O’Brien. To reach those numbers again, he’ll need two transfers to come through. Gibbs arrives from Georgia Tech, Burton from Georgia. Both should put up much bigger numbers with the Tide than they did with their old teams. Gibbs rushed for a combined 1,206 yards and eight touchdowns in his two seasons at Tech; those totals are eminently reachable this season alone with the Tide. Gibbs has good speed and is an above-average receiver, and O’Brien can do more things with Gibbs than he could with Brian Robinson, last season’s feature back. Burton was underutilized with the Bulldogs, with just 53 receptions in two seasons despite being an integral part of the passing attack. As with Gibbs, it’s legitimate to think Burton will blow past that total this season. His ability to get deep (he averaged 19.2 yards on his 26 receptions last season) likely makes Young (and O’Brien) smile broadly.

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WhereisAtlanta
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Congrats on making yet another preseason list, hope it works out just as well as the last eleventy billion preseason awards 10RC has won.


TRUERockyTop
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What other pre-season lists have we made? I legitimately don't know


Sun God
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Gibbs is gonna be a problem


Finstrumentalist
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I think Gibbs has a better chance at the Heisman than Young this season.

A good back in Bama’s system is just so deadly because of how their passing attack has developed.


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DawginSC
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Curious how UGA would factor in here with us using a TE instead of a WR.

Brock Bowers is an incredible receiving threat. 56 catches for 856 yards and 11 TD as a TE. Also ran him on jet sweeps 4 times for 56 yards and a TD. (yes, we run jet sweeps with our TE)

Stetson Bennet gets put down... but the reality is he was 4th in the nation last year in passing efficiency and 3rd in the nation in QBR... so statistically he was pretty darn good.

Kenny McIntosh is replacing UGA's top 2 rushers... averaged 5.7 YPC last year and also had 22 receptions for 242 yards as a reserve. 5 TD's total. Also completed an 18 yard pass for a TD in his only pass attempt.


I look at TN in particular and think UGA will do better than those 3.


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King-Achane-Stewart will be top 3 by the end of the year. Bookmark it.


Marktastic86
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King-Achane-Stewart will be top 3

In the state of Texas?


Basura Blanco
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Gibbs is gonna be a problem


I was bummed when we didn't sign him out of high school and sick when he transferred to Bama. I usually cringe when I hear NFL comparisons, but this kid looks like another Kamara.


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Basura Blanco
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Texas and Quinn Ewers at #4 is just silly.

He has yet to throw a single pass. If by chance Ewers is Bryce Young, yes, that is a good ranking. Or maybe he is DJ Uiagalelei (the kid who as a freshman was going to make us forget about Trevor Lawrence, and who happens to be nowhere near this list as junior).


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bunkerhill
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Any group ranking like this that does not include UGA is suspect.


TRUERockyTop
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I look at TN in particular and think UGA will do better than those 3.


That's what the season is for. I don't agree with the take, but we'll see how it plays out.

I like Hooker more than Bennett (and the stats back that up) and Tillman more than any WR/TE UGA has (the stats back that up as well). I'm not the only one or UGA would be on this list.



paperwasp
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Gibbs is gonna be a problem

Wild Bill Taylor of WBT Sportz has assured me otherwise.

Are you calling him a liar?



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Realistic Ag
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Texas and Quinn Ewers at #4 is just silly.

He has yet to throw a single pass. If by chance Ewers is Bryce Young, yes, that is a good ranking.

He hasn't even been successful against his own team's defense. I have my doubts.


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madmaxvol
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Any group ranking like this that does not include UGA is suspect.



Quarterback - Bennett is a very good QB returning from 2021. I don't know what to expect from Georgia if Bennett goes down.

Running Back - Leading Rusher Zamir White is gone; Second leading rusher James Cook is gone; Kenny McIntosh is solid...but there is a reason he was 3rd in the RB rotation last year; Kendall Milton is also solid, but has a history of injuries that could plague him

Receiver - The receiving yardage leader last year was a Tight End (who is back). The second leading receiver left for Bama. The 3rd leading receiver is McConkey...who is a possession guy.

Georgia will be tough because of their strength on Defense and their strength in the trenches on Offense.



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Texas and Quinn Ewers at #4 is just silly.




He's being beaten out by Card.


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olgoi khorkhoi
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Interesting (to me) side note, that doesn't really mean anything at this point...but as high school recruits, LSU's trio, no matter who wins the QB competition, will have been the highest rated in the SEC (per 247's concensus) at the time of signing. I'm curious to see if they put it together.


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Smokeyone
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I look at TN in particular and think UGA will do better than those 3.


Vols have an actual QB1, a 1,000 yard WR, with the question being Small(health but still ran for 700 yards). UGA has a walkon, a good TE, and questions about RB production. And that’s before you look at the system difference.

Don’t be this dumb.


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I like Hooker more than Bennett (and the stats back that up)



The same Hooker who was trash at VA Tech and is merely a product of a gimmick offensive scheme?

Gus/Auburn had a crazy great first season in 2013 with his gimmick offense, and we all saw what happened to them in the immediate years after once everyone caught onto the BS system.


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DirtyDawg
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Vols have a gimmick offensive system that only works if you're not used to seeing the Mickey Mouse playbook from Heupel



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