Week Two of the College Football season went fairly smoothly. A couple of games were cancelled, but the ones that did play, showed some great football.
The SEC starts play this upcoming weekend, and the Big Ten has announced that their conference will start play on October 24th. We’re still waiting on the PAC-12, but things seems more probable for them to play their season this Fall after the Big Ten’s announcement.
Oklahoma State received a big scare from Tulsa, but survived; Navy made a miraculous comeback over Tulane; Notre Dame blew the doors off USF; and Miami took control over Louisville early and never let go.
As I will be doing for the rest of the season, I have 5 players below that had great weeks and really helped their draft stock; whether it’s someone like Miami RB Cam’ron Harris who entered his name in top 100 discussions, or Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence who tightened his grip on his number one pick projection.
Top Performances in Week Two:
Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami
Jordan was my top ranked tight end all offseason, but he disappointed with a lackluster first game last week. He redeemed himself with 7 catches, 120 yards, and one touchdown in Miami’s dominant win over Louisville. He is currently in a tight competition with Penn State TE Pat Freirmuth for the top tight end spot in this upcoming draft. I really like Jordan’s upside as a pass catcher, as evidenced by his great stat line from this week. He needs more consistent performances like this game, and less games where he relatively disappears like in week one.
Cam’ron Harris, RB, Miami
The second offensive skill player from Miami (no shocker as they put up 47 points), Harris has a statement game. Harris had 9 carries for 134 yards and one touchdown. He did have one huge play for 75 yards and a score, but take that away, and Harris still averaged 7.4 yards per carry. Louisville’s defense has a major back-end containment breakdown on that long run, but Harris surprised me with the speed he showed gaining the edge and outrunning the defense all the way down the field. He stands a bit stockier at 5’10” and 200 lbs and can bounce around on the inside with the best of them, but it was good to see he had that long speed.
Rashad Weaver, EDGE, Pitt
If you want to talk about one guy who helped his stock the most this week, Weaver is the guy. Most of the attention on this Pitt defense this offseason was on DL Jalen Tywman, who opted out of the season and declared for the Draft last month. But Weaver showed on Saturday that he deserves a lot of attention as well. He finished the game with 7 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks, virtually living in the backfield all game. Weaver missed all of the 2019 season with a torn ACL and had to miss last week’s season opener due to mixed COVID-19 test results. He didn’t seem to miss a step after 20 months off the field.
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
Once again, we all know how great Lawrence was. He was even mentioned in last week’s article. And Clemson played The Citadel this week. So how could his performance really be worth mentioning? Aside from throwing for 163 yards and 3 touchdowns in just 9 throws and 8 completions, its the throws themselves that are noteworthy. I had some questions about Lawrence’s accuracy over the summer, but he’s shown serious improvement in that area so far this season. Lawrence’s second and third touchdown throws couldn’t have been delivered more in stride to his receivers than if he had walked up to them and placed the ball in their hands. It’s things like this that will solidify his spot as the top ranked QB prospect in this draft.
Marlon Williams, WR, UCF
UCF showed a dominant performance over Georgia Tech on Saturday, and Williams had the most dominant individual performance in the game. He finished with 10 catches for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns. Williams has great hands and he’s an excellent after the catch receiver. His stockier size at 6’0” and 220 lbs, mixed with his shiftiness, creates a receiver who is a nightmare to bring down one-on-one in an open field. If Williams can have more games like this one, he’ll move into early Day Two draft talk.