Week Fourteen of college football has come and gone. Thus wrapping up the college football regular season with FBS holding all of their conference championship games. I watched four games of those contests.
I will look at the top prospect performances from the games I watched the previous week.
WEEK FOURTEEN PROSPECT REWIND
CUSA CG: NEW MEXICO STATE @ LIBERTY
NMSU QB Diego Pavia is a fun player to watch. But I don’t know what kind of NFL future he may or may not have. Pavia is a nice athlete, throws a catchable ball, and is tough as nails. However, he has below-average arm strength. But after seeing Tommy Devito win games as an NFL starter, I am hesitant to rule anyone out at this point.
Pavia is gritty as hell and is the biggest reason the Aggies have had the success they have had this season. New Mexico State stands a much better chance of winning the CUSA Championship if he doesn’t injure his elbow in the third quarter. Before the injury, Pavia completed 11/16 passes for 188 yards and three scores. He added 45 rushing yards and another score.
A quarterback I think has an NFL future is Liberty’s third-year QB Kaidon Salter. Salter, the Tennessee transfer, is an electric player. He is super athletic with an above-average arm. Salter doesn’t play in a complex offense (think Grayson McCall) but he is accurate and gives his receivers a chance.
Salter completed 20 of 25 passes. He accounted for 484 yards and three scores.
I was impressed by the strength and length of the Flames’ IOL prospect X’Zauvia Gadlin. He looks like a late-round developmental prospect that could pay off in later years.
MWC CG: BOISE STATE @ UNLV
Another impressive third-year quarterback is Boise State’s Taylen Green. He has an impressive frame at 6’6″ 233. Green is more athlete than quarterback at this stage of his career and is unlikely to be in the 2024 draft. Against UNLV, most of his big shots down the field came because of defensive miscommunication. Green completed 12/15 for 226 yards and two touchdown passes with one pick. He ran for 95 yards and two scores.
UNLV WR Ricky White is a favorite of mine during this season. White is a good route runner and made several contested catches. He caught six passes for 86 yards in the loss.
AAC CG: SMU @ TULANE
Tulane QB Michael Pratt is going to be a mid-round selection in the draft. You see the downfield accuracy and the toughness. Pratt’s accuracy suffered a bit in this one. He finished 21/36 for 238 yards with a touchdown and a pick.
A couple of Green Wave defenders stood out to me. LB Tyler Grubbs (13 tackles, ten solos, 1 TFL) and safety Kam Pedescleaux (7 tackles, one INT, one PBU).
ACC CG: LOUISVILLE VS. FLORIDA STATE
Florida State edge Jared Verse will battle Laiatu Latu (UCLA) and Dallas Turner (Alabama) through the process to be EDGE1. Verse is awesome at converting speed to power. He can also rip through an OT as well as run through them. All three of the top-edge rushers should be top-ten picks. Verse finished with six tackles, two sacks, three TFLs, and a hurry.
— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) December 3, 2023
I know the below clip is from last week’s game, but how damn impressive is this play by Verse.
Jared Verse? pic.twitter.com/aWXDOSVte3
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) November 28, 2023
The best tape I have seen this season for an interior defensive lineman was the performance from FSU DL Braden Fiske against Louisville. The transfer from Western Michigan was unblockable for the Cardinals’ offensive line in the ACCCG. Fiske was unreal. He finished with nine tackles (five solos), 4.5 TFLs, three sacks, and two hurries.
Florida State IDL Braden Fiske finished with 4.5 TFLs and 3.0 sacks against Louisville.
Just watch his effort. pic.twitter.com/dmMOT3g3So
— Jordan Reid (@Jordan_Reid) December 3, 2023
I liked LB Tatum Bethune at UCF. He has improved himself as a coverage linebacker to go along with being a rangy defender. Bethune recorded eight tackles and a PBU and pick on back-to-back plays to seal the win.
FSU WR Keon Coleman has struggled recently with drops and separation. Those things reared their head in this game as well. Coleman had multiple plays he failed to make. He finished with four catches for 19 yards on seven targets.
The run game basically saved their offense—especially RB Lawrance Toafili. Toafili ran ten times for 118 yards and scored. He did most of his damage in the Wildcat.
— Travis May (@FF_TravisM) December 2, 2023
This is the perfect defense from Alabama CB Terrion Arnold. Arnold is firmly in the round one mix.
Alabama’s Terrion Arnold with teaching tape as he runs the route for the receiver. Stays glued to the hip and plays through the hands.
Arnold is a potential first-round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft class. pic.twitter.com/oXzfpSR95t
— Seven Rounds in Heaven (@7RoundsInHeaven) December 2, 2023
Alabama’s Dallas Turner with a vicious long arm pic.twitter.com/5W5flCdnwT
— Bobby Football (@Rob__Paul) December 2, 2023
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