3 B1G freshman listed among Top 4 performances by Pro Football Focus from Week 9
It was a big weekend for the future of the Big Ten, with three freshmen earning top grades for their performances. Headlining this group was Michigan State wide receiver Ricky White.
The true freshman burst out on Saturday, his eight catches for 196 yards and a touchdown a major reason why Michigan State upended Michigan at Ann Arbor. He was the highest-graded freshman in the country according to Pro Football Focus College. The analytics site graded him out as at 90.6.
Highest-graded freshman in Wk 9
1. Ricky White, Michigan St WR – 90.6
2. Peter Skoronski, NW OT – 85.9
3. Jer'Zhan Newton, Illinois DT – 85.8
4. Malachi Moore, Alabama CB – 85.7 pic.twitter.com/5qmjKaca88
— PFF College (@PFF_College) November 2, 2020
White’s performance came after a quiet debut. Two weeks ago in his first collegiate game, White had just one catch for five yards as Michigan State lost to Rutgers in Mel Tucker’s first game as the Spartans head coach.
Coming out of high school, White was a three-star recruit but a bit under recruited coming out of Georgia. He showed well in pacing the Michigan State offense in what was a statement win.
White wasn’t the only top performer from the Big Ten’s crop of promising freshmen. In fact, the conference had the top performing freshmen in the nation according to PFF.
Northwestern offensive tackle Peter Skoronski was behind White with an 85.9 grade. Illinois defensive tackle Jer’Zahn Newton was the third-highest graded freshman at 85.8 per the PFF breakdowns.