We will be reviewing the risers, fallers, a premier conference performer, and we will shine a spotlight on the top freshmen every week. These weekly recaps will keep you informed on the “hot” college players around the country and will make studying for your future rookie draft effortless.
Premier Conference Performer
Cory Clement, RB Wisconsin (Junior)
11 carries, 115 yards, three touchdowns vs. Rutgers
This was his first game back since having sports hernia surgery five weeks ago. Clement ran over, around and through the Scarlet Knight defense. On his last carry, during the end of the third quarter, he barreled through the middle of the defense for a 58-yard gain. He rushed for three short yardage touchdowns tohelp elevate a stagnant Wisconsin offense to a 48-10 win.
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Brandon Lingen, TE Minnesota (Sophomore)
Five carries, 111 yards vs. Michigan
Lingen was targeted often as he caught several key passes to help sustain drives. He caught a 24-yard pass in the fourth quarter to get the offense in field goal position. This was his first productive game of the year.
Chris Godwin, WR Penn State (Sophomore)
Seven catches, 76 yards, one touchdown vs. Illinois
Godwin led the team with ten targets. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg utilized Godwin as his go to receiver whenever he needed to pick up a quick completion. He started off the 39 point scoring rally with five yard touchdown reception in the first quarter.
Christian Hackenberg, QB Penn State (Junior)
21/29 passing, 266 yards, two touchdowns, one catch, 14 yards, one touchdown vs. Illinois
Hackenberg connected with both Chris Goodwin and Geno Lewis for touchdown passes in the first quarter. In the third quarter he caught a 14-yard pass from fullback Nick Scott for a touchdown. He completed 72.41 percent of his passes as he led the Nittany Lions to a 39-0 win.
Perry Hills, QB Maryland (Junior)
11/22 passing, 74 yards, one touchdown, three interceptions, 19 carries, 104 yards vs. Iowa
Hills was inaccurate on a lot of his pass attempts as he missed a lot of easy completions. He was a detriment to his team as he turned the ball over three times. He has thrown for ten interceptions this season.
Geronimo Allison, WR Illinois (Senior)
Four catches, 34 yards vs. Penn State
Allison had a rough day as he had trouble separating from defensive backs. He dropped a few catches causing him to only catch 50 percent of his targets. He was shut down by Penn State’s senior cornerback Trever Williams.
Chris Laviano, QB Rutgers (Sophomore)
4/14 passing, 31 yards, one interception vs. Wisconsin
Rutgers attempted to pound Wisconsin with the run early in the game, but they fell behind and had to play catch up. Laviano was horrendous passing the ball as he completed just 28.57 percent of his passes. He was pulled in the second half for sophomore quarter Hayden Rettig.
Markell Jones, RB Purdue
23 carries, 92 yards, two touchdowns, five catches, 51 yards vs. Nebraska
Jones caught an 18-yard pass in the third quarter to get the offense in scoring position to kick a field goal. He scored on two short yardage rushing touchdowns. He was able to pick up a few first downs by being able to gain extra yardage after the catch.
Premier Conference Performer
Deshaun Watson, QB Clemson (Sophomore)
23/30 passing, 383 yards, five touchdowns, 14 carries, 54 yards, one touchdown vs. North Carolina State
Watson accounted for six touchdowns to lead the Tigers to an 8-0 record. He posted 437 total yards against an NC State defense that was ranked third in the nation and allowing 251 yards per game. Watson ranks first in the ACC in passing with 1,936 yards.
Wayne Gallman, RB Clemson (Sophomore)
31 carries, 172 yards, one touchdown, three catches, 19 yards vs. North Carolina State
He exploded on the ground against one of the top run defenses in the nation as he continues to be the workhorse for the Clemson Tigers. This was his second-highest rushing total of his career. He ranks second in the ACC in rushing with 874 yards.
Tyler Boyd, WR Pittsburgh (Junior)
10 catches, 89 yards, two carries, eight yards vs. North Carolina
Boyd made a stunning grab along the side line for a 16-yard gain in the second quarter. He led the team with 14 targets. He ranks first in the ACC in receptions (63) and ranks second in the ACC in receiving yards with 578.
Jamari Staples, WR Louisville (Junior)
10 catches, 133 yards, two touchdowns vs. Wake Forest
Staples scored a 14-yard catch and run in the second quarter to help tie the game at ten. He led the team with 14 targets as he was the focal point in the passing game. This was the first 100-yard game of his career.
Myles Willis, RB Boston College (Junior)
10 carries, 11 yards vs. Virginia Tech
Boston College had to abandon the run game once they were down by 23 points early in the third quarter. Willis couldn’t get anything going on the ground as he was stuffed on most of his rushing attempts. He averaged 1.1 yarders per carry on the day.
John Wolford, QB Wake Forest (Sophomore)
6/18 passing, 131 yards, one touchdown, three interceptions, three carries, 10 yards vs. Louisville
Essentially, he lost the game for Wake Forest as he threw three of the team’s four interceptions in the second half. He was inaccurate with a lot of his throws, as he completed just 33.33 percent of his passes.
Joseph Yearby, RB Miami (Sophomore)
21 carries, 82 yards, two catches, 13 yards vs. Duke
Duke’s defense got the best of Miami’s offensive line as they were able to control the line of scrimmage. This affected Yearby’s output as there were no lanes for him to run through. He had a few nice runs but he was stuffed on most of his attempts.
Jacques Patrick, RB Florida State
24 carries, 162 yards, three touchdowns, six receptions, 62 yards vs. Syracuse
Patrick made the most of his opportunity by rushing for 6.8 yards per carry and three scores. His longest run of the game came on a 24-yard scamper in the fourth quarter. With his big 6-1 232 pound frame, Patrick displayed power and explosiveness on all of his runs.