— We highlighted Javon Kinlaw (DT, South Carolina) over the summer and he had an impressive performance against Alabama. If the Crimson Tide have a weakness it’s their O-line. Kinlaw absolutely dominated junior Chris Owens. He had a sack that showed off his massive potential. He hammered Owens with a devastating punch that dumped the lineman on his backside. He then exploded to the QB for a huge play. He also had a terrific splash on a running down on 3rd and short. He drove Owens deep into the backfield to disrupt the running lane. Najee Harris had to cut away from the pressure and ran into a blind alley for a stop. Kinlaw has everything. He’s unnaturally athletic for his size with a great build yet minimal body fat. He wins with power and speed. He’s only scratching the surface of his potential but his upside is tremendous.
— Alabama’s big names showed well as usual. Tua Tagovailoa has so many weapons it looks easy. Tua looks like a more robotic, left-armed Russell Wilson. It felt like Devonta Smith was open on a short slant every single down. Smith is slight and lacks the big-name power of the other receivers but he has terrific hands and control. Jerry Jeudy was kept quiet (Tua also missed a couple of times to Jeudy) but it just created opportunities for Henry Ruggs and Smith. Raekwon Smith was active at defensive tackle and will make a great addition for someone at the next level. His ability to control the LOS and yet work down the line with great mobility is incredible for a man listed at 6-7 and 315lbs. He did leave the game with a shoulder injury. Trevon Diggs is extremely underrated and has all the potential you could ask for at cornerback. If he stays healthy, he’s big time. Najee Harris had an incredible touchdown on a fourth down catch-and-run. He ran a great route, shoved off one defender, hurdled another and then dodged two tackles to score.
— Yetur Gross-Matos was completely anonymous for Penn State against Pittsburgh. It was a bitterly disappointing performance. He was often spelled despite being Penn State’s top pass rusher. I can’t recall any meaningful pressures and he didn’t even register a shared tackle. He has the hand-use and frame to be a dynamic rusher but he needs to be more impactful if he’s going to max-out his draft stock.
— Ohio State’s sheer number of athletes at the skill-positions makes most of their games ugly mismatches. Running back J.K. Dobbins had the top Nike SPARQ score in 2016 with an insane 146.76 score. His combination of speed and explosive athleticism shows up week after week and it was on show again today against Indiana. He finished with 193 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown. He added another score in the passing game (two catches, 14 yards). He doesn’t get much attention but he’s a player worth monitoring. Chase Young (DE, Ohio State) had two sacks in the blow-out win and Jeffrey Okudah (CB, Ohio State) again flashed his top-15 potential.
— Anthony McFarland (RB, Maryland) is such a dynamic playmaker. In a 20-17 defeat to Temple he still managed 132 yards and a touchdown. How he eventually tests will be interesting. Every time you watch Maryland he stands out.
— I haven’t seen the game but Colorado were beaten by Air Force 30-23. I’ll be interested to see how Steven Montez performed in a contest he was expected to win. Montez has the arm talent and mobility but has erratic streaks. He threw an interception but also had two scores and finished 26/43 for 220 yards. Leviska Shenault has been quiet so far this year but he had a more productive day with 124 yards on eight catches and a score (he also had 25 rushing yards and another touchdown). Linebacker Nate Landman is a name we talked about a year ago. He had nine tackles and has a lot of NFL potential.
— Blog favourite Eno Benjamin (RB, Arizona State) was mostly kept in check (11 carries, 38 yards) in a low-scoring game against Arizona State. However, with seconds remaining, he scored a vital touchdown…
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 14, 2019
— Washington has had a good run with tight ends recently, sending Will Dissly and Drew Sample into the league after both enhanced their stock pre-draft. Hunter Bryant is the next off the production line and he’s the most athletic. He’s also spoken about improving his blocking to become a more complete tight end. He’s one to watch and scored a 47-yard touchdown against Hawai’i. The Seahawks might be in the market for a TE in the draft in 2020. He ended the game with five catches for 115 yards and this score…
— Washington Football (@UW_Football) September 14, 2019
— The Florida vs Kentucky ended up being the walking wounded. Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks suffered what looked like a broken leg. Jabari Zuniga was sat on the sidelines with ice on his ankle. C.J. Henderson was injured and Kentucky also lost players. Fingers crossed the Zuniga and Henderson injuries aren’t serious.
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