The second week of the 2015 college football season is in the books. The biggest game on the docket involved fifth-ranked Michigan State, who defeated seventh-ranked Oregon in a thriller, 31-28. This upcoming week features two must-see SEC games including Auburn at LSU and Mississippi at Alabama.
Top 5 Senior Quarterbacks
Cody Kessler, USC – 26/31, 410 yards, 3 TD
Talk about about a good start. Kessler has thrown for 650 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions to start his senior season. Kessler is climbing up draft boards and may even be considered a second-round pick at this point. USC and Kessler will get their first real test this week versus Stanford.
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State – 34/52, 335 yards, TD
Prescott had a good game numbers-wise but it appears he isn’t much more than a Tim Tebow moving forward. He is great with the ball in his hands but his passing qualities are very questionable. Could Prescott become the next Tyrod Taylor given time to sit and learn? Maybe, but his best option in the pros may be a position switch in order to make it.
Trevone Boykin, TCU – 18/27, 285 yards, 4 TD, INT
Carson Wentz, North Dakota State – 19/29, 281 yards, 3 TD
Connor Cook, Michigan State – 20/32, 192 yards, 2 TD, INT
I’m sorry, but how can anyone watch Cook play and claim he is in the running to be the first overall pick? While he did enough to win the game you can see he resembles Michigan State quarterbacks from the past such as Kirk Cousins and Brian Hoyer. Throwing for 192 yards in a big game isn’t going to cut it in the NFL.
Top 5 Quarterbacks – Underclassmen
Christian Hackeberg, Penn State – 14/27, 128 yards, TD
Hackenberg may be the most difficult player to evaluate in all of college football because his surrounding talent is downright terrible. Is he really that much worse than his freshman season or will he improve at the next level? Only time will tell.
Cardale Jones, Ohio State – 12/18, 111 yards
Jeff Goff, California – 17-24, 321 yards, 3 TD, INT
Gunner Kiel, Cincinnati – 30/52, 327 yards, 4 TD, 2 INT
Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech – 18/33, 361 yards, 4 TD
Top 5 Senior Running Backs
D.J. Foster, Arizona State (RB/WR) – 12 carries, 76 yards, 6 catches 58 yards, TD
Byron Marshall, Oregon – 3 catches, 41 yards, TD
Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech – 22 carries, 168 yards, 2 TD
Kenyan Drake, Alabama – 6 carries, 40 yards, 5 catches, 91 yards, TD
Devontae Booker, Utah – 31 carries, 121 yards, TD
Top 5 Running Backs – Underclassmen
Derrick Henry, Alabama – 18 carries, 96 yards, 3 TD
Ezekiel Elliot, Ohio State – 27 carries, 101, 3 TD
Alex Collins, Arkansas – 20 carries, 54 yards, TD
James Connor, Pittsburgh – OUT FOR SEASON (Torn ACL)
Corey Clement, Wisconsin – DID NOT PLAY (Groin)
This year’s running back draft has the potential to be special as there are a number of players outside the top 5 who have a real chance to make an impact on Sunday’s next season. Rushel Shell, Shock Linwood, Kelvin Taylor and Alvin Kamara are just a few of those examples. Taylor may have the brightest future of them all as he certainly has the genetics to make it being the son of former Jacksonville Jaguars great Fred Taylor.
Top 5 Senior Wide Receivers
D’haquille Williams, Auburn – 2 catches, 22 yards
Josh Doctson, TCU – 4 catches, 81 yards
Braxton Miller, Ohio State – 2 catches, 16 yards
Miller’s transformation has been incredible to watch. In a short period of time. Miller went from being completely undraftable to now being considered in the middle rounds just from a simple position change. While he didn’t get much work in the blowout victory of Hawaii, Miller has the potential to make it as a pro wideout. Ohio State’s cupcake schedule makes it difficult to grade Miller’s season until the college football playoffs.
Nelson Spruce, Colorado – 6 catches, 64 yards, TD
Devon Cajuste, Stanford – 2 catches, 24 yards
Top 5 Wide Receivers – Underclassmen
Laquon Treadwell, Mississippi – 5 catches, 73 yards
Marquez North, Tennessee – 1 catch, 9 yards
North recently returned from an injury in a limited capacity against Oklahoma. North is a player who is simply better than what his numbers suggest. Similar to Treadwell, North missed the final five games last year with a torn labrum. This season will be big for North as scouts will be looking to see how he responds from his shoulder and now knee injury. North will be a solid red zone target in the pros. He reminds me a young DeAndre Hopkins.
Michael Thomas, Ohio State – 5 catches, 52 yards
Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh – 11 catches, 95 yards
Travin Dural, LSU – 4 catches, 15 yards