Week two of the college football season is in the books. This week was sort of uneventful in the college ranks as the top 25 teams did not play another ranked opponent. Heading into week three however is action packed. Second-ranked Florida State travels to 10th ranked Louisville where Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson is an underrated Heisman candidate. Number one ranked Alabama will travel to 19th ranked Ole Miss. Don’t forget Ole Miss handed Alabama their only loss a season ago. Finally, 3rd ranked Ohio State travels to Oklahoma as the Sooners try to right the ship after suffering an upset loss to Houston in the season opener. As things stand now, there really isn’t a clear Heisman front-runner as many college football fans didn’t expect Clemson’s Deshaun Watson to get off to such a slow start. Let’s take a look at who caught my eye in week two.
1) Davis Webb (California) 41-72, 522 yards, 5 touchdowns, 3 interceptions
Webb tops my list of senior quarterbacks and could find himself being taken in round one when it is all said and done. The thing with Webb is that his team is not very good, suffering a loss this week to San Diego State. The good news for us is we get to see him throw the ball a ton. Webb throws one of the prettiest balls in college football and has a huge frame similar to Paxton Lynch. As the season progresses we should get a better idea of where Webb might get selected in the draft.
2) Chad Kelly (Ole Miss) 20-27, 219 yards, 3 touchdowns
3) C.J. Beathard (Iowa) 19-28, 235 yards, 3 touchdowns
4) Trevor Knight (Texas A&M) 21-37, 344 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception
Knight is the new addition to the list replacing Boston College’s Patrick Towles. Knight has been productive for the Aggies this season and has an interesting test coming up against Auburn this week. Knight could be a nice late-round flier for an NFL team. He doesn’t have the biggest arm but he is very mobile and has big game pedigree topping Alabama in a Bowl game during his time with Oklahoma.
5) Greg Ward (Houston) DNP injured shoulder
1) Deshaun Watson (Clemson) 27-53, 292 yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
2) Brad Kaaya (Miami) 17-31, 191 yards, 2 interceptions
Kaaya is one of those guys that are difficult to figure out. So far this season he hasn’t had to do a whole lot while leaning on one of the nations best ground attacks. Having new head coach Mark Richt is probably going to end up being a good thing for him in the long run. So far it’s too early to say, but Kaaya probably looks like a safe bet to go in either round one or two.
3) DeShone Kizer (Notre Dame) 15-18, 156 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
4) Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) 14-20, 244 yards, 3 touchdowns
5) Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech) 38-53, 540 yards, 5 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
Running Back (Seniors)
1) Donnel Pumphrey (San Diego State) 29 carries, 281 yards, 3 touchdowns
This is the guy who single-handily beat California this week. In this game, Pumphrey surpassed Marshall Faulk’s career total of 4,589 yards rushing setting a new school record this week. This of course is no small feat. This year’s running back class is loaded but basically all of the higher rated guys are underclassmen. Pumphrey could be a possible third round selection coming in as a nice change of pace back.
2) Corey Clement (Wisconsin) 21 carries, 111 yards, 2 touchdowns
3) Elijah McGuire (Louisanna Lafeyette) 19 carries, 119 yards
4) Shock Linwood (Baylor) 18 carries, 59 yards
5) Marcus Cox (Appalachian State) 18 carries, 133 yards, 3 touchdowns
Running Back (Underclassman)
1) Leonard Fournette (LSU) DNP Healthy Scratch
2) Nick Chubb (Georgia) 20 carries, 80 yards, 1 touchdown
3) Dalvin Cook (Florida State) 11 carries, 83 yards, 2 touchdowns
4) Christian McCaffrey (Stanford) Bye
5) Royce Freeman (Oregon) 21 carries, 207 yards, 2 touchdowns
This list will probably remain the same for the entire season. Of course, there are many talented backs that just barely miss the cut such as Jalen Hurd, Elijah Hood, Wayne Gallman, and others. There could be 10 backs taken in the first 2 rounds of the NFL Draft and this is probably the deepest tailback group I have ever seen. Freeman has really caught my eye as a bigger back. At 230 pounds, Freeman sort of resembles Jonathan Stewart with the potential to be much better. It is kind of crazy to see a guy that big with feet that are so quick in and out of breaks. Fantasy owners are going to love this guy as a goal line vulture next year.