Week Thirteen of college football has come and gone. I watched five games during the slate of contests.
I will look at the top prospect performances from the games I watched the previous week.
WEEK THIRTEEN PROSPECT REWIND
IOWA @ NEBRASKA
This game had an Over/Under of 24.5 that hit the under. So you know we aren’t going to be talking much about offense.
Without star defensive back Cooper Dejean playing, the attractions are slim for the Hawkeyes. That leaves us with the likely top punter in the class, Tory Taylor. The Australian-born prospect punted seven times against the Huskers, averaging 42.4 per kick while dropping 2/7 inside the 20.
Nebraska DL Ty Robinson is a scheme-diverse player. He has the ability to play 5-tech or 3-tech in the NFL. Robinson has the ability to penetrate quickly. He has a great size (6’6″ 305). The 5th-year player is likely a day-three target. Against Iowa, he finished with two tackles, two hurries, and a PBU.
MEMPHIS @ TEMPLE
Memphis has a nice 1-2 punch at running back. 6th-year RB Blake Watson became the 12th Memphis back to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Against Temple, he ran for 95 yards on 15 carries with a TD. Watson also caught four passes for 39 yards and a touchdown. The Tigers have a reputation for putting backs in the league recently with Tony Pollard, Antonio Gibson, and Kenneth Gainwell. Can Watson be next?
His backfield mate, Brandon Thomas (5’11” 200) has contributed much this season. Against the Owls, however, he broke offer several chunk runs. Thomas had 76 yards on nine carries with a score.
Temple was without their two top defensive prospects, LB Jordan Magee (arm) and safety Kamar Wilcoxson (unknown). However, WR Ahmad Anderson, Jr. stood out to me. He is a nice route runner that can make the tough catch. Anderson does a nice job of getting himself open. Against Memphis, he caught seven balls for 169 yards and two scores.
OREGON STATE @ OREGON
In my opinion, Beavers’ OT Taliese Fuaga has cemented himself as a first-round player. Fuaga is an athletic specimen. He is tremendous in pass protection and looks smooth pulling in the run game. I wish I could have seen him bookend Joshua Gray play. But he was out injured.
OSU WR Anthony Gould is very slight (5’8″ 160) but is electric. He is going to be solid in the slot at the next level. Gould caught six balls for 85 yards on 13 targets.
Oregon QB Bo Nix is likely going to be a first-round pick next year and is currently the betting favorite to win the Heisman. Nix is athletic outside of the pocket and has a huge arm. His decision-making is light years ahead of where it was at Auburn. Against OSU, Nix was 33/40 for 367 yards and two scores. He added 31 yards rushing and a TD.
Ducks’ WR Troy Franklin is competing to get into round one. His 9-128-1 TD game against Oregon State doesn’t hurt his cause. But not many talk about Troy-transfer Tez Johnson. Johnson is tremendous in the open field with great hands. he caught 11 balls for 137 on 13 targets.
ALABAMA @ AUBURN
Alabama WR Jermaine Burton had another big game this year and has emerged as a potential day-two pick. Burton has big-time speed. He caught four balls against Auburn for 107 and a TD. Although that TD came on a busted play.
Tide LB Deontae Lawson has been a tackling machine this year when healthy. The third-year backer is unlikely to be in this class. However, should Lawson enter (6’3″ 225), he would enter the conversation to be a top 5 LB prospect.
Auburn CB Nehemiah Pritchett has great recovery speed. He has the ability to make up any ground he gives up. Against Alabama, he had three tackles and a PBU.
Tigers CB DJ James has been a top 5 corner for me most of the season. And for most of the game, he was playing well (four tackles 2 PBU). But you can’t give up this play with the game on the line.
ON THE 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE KICK-SIX ?
— Covers (@Covers) November 26, 2023
CHARLOTTE @ SOUTH FLORIDA
I was impressed by USF RB Kelley Joiner Jr. agasint Charlotte. The 5’9″ 184-pound runner showed off nice explosion and good hands in the passing game. Is he someone who gets drafted? Probably not. Is he someone who can get into a camp? Maybe. Against the 49ers, Joiner had eight touches for 104 yards and two scores.
Charlotte edge rusher Demon Clowney was the only player on their roster to stand out to me. The younger cousin of Jadeveon Clowney, Demon had four tackles and a sack.
UCLA edge rusher Laiatu Latu is a baaaaaaaaaaad man!
— Jordan Reid (@Jordan_Reid) November 26, 2023
Watch Virginia Tech WR De’Quan Felton completely erase angles on the Virginia defense.
— Virginia Tech Football (@HokiesFB) November 25, 2023
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