Landry Jones had another average day, failing to score a touchdown for the second consecutive week. Oklahoma defeated Iowa State 26-6 but Jones only managed 22/43 passing for 256 yards and six-yards per attempt. I left him out of the first round in my mock draft and I just can’t see a team willing to invest their faith in Jones being the future of their franchise.
Robert Griffin III left Baylor’s game against Texas Tech with a concussion and didn’t participate in the second half. It’s a worrying sign for a player not blessed with a physique that looks up to the task of being hit consistently at the next level. Hopefully Griffin makes a full recovery and this won’t be a long term issue that damages his draft stock. Prior to the injury, he’d scored three touchdowns in the game including two on the ground.
Rutgers lost 40-22 to Connecticut but Mohamed Sanu had another productive day. He managed nine catches for 133 yards, having already recorded over 100 receptions and 1000 yards for the season, including seven scores. The 6-2, 215lbs playmaker should be a first round pick considering his size, skill set, consistent hands and physical nature.
Dwight Jones also had another big day with three touchdowns, ten catches and 101 yards as UNC beat Duke 37-21. I’ve argued throughout this season that Jones is the #1 receiver in this class with a perfect combination of size, speed, control and great hands. Perhaps more importantly he seems to always be bailing his quarterback out by adjusting his routes to meet the ball. That could be an important trait for teams bedding in young quarterbacks and needing an adaptable wide out.
Quinton Coples is finishing the season strongly after a slow introduction. He’s starting to grow on me again, although I’m still struggling to work out exactly what his best position is in the NFL. Like Jones he had a productive day against Duke, recording two sacks and a forced fumble. He now has 7.5 sacks for the season and while that isn’t as high as people expected (he had ten sacks last season playing among the interior line) he’s making up for lost time as we move towards Bowl season.
Austin Davis ensured Southern Miss will face Houston next week in the C-USA Championship game. The Golden Eagles beat Memphis 44-7 with Davis adding three total touchdowns and passing for 277 yards. Last week they lost a game against UAB that should’ve been a banker, but it’ll be really fascinating to see how they cope with Case Keenum next week. Can Davis put himself on the map by sticking with the prolific quarterback?