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
Jehu Chesson, WR Michigan (Senior)
Ten catches, 207 yards, four touchdowns vs. Indiana
Chesson exploded for 35.63 percent of Michigan’s offense last week. He created a mismatch against Indiana’s secondary with his size and speed. He was very successful at beating man-coverage, which was one of the reasons why he was able to torch the defense for multiple touchdown receptions. He saved the game in the fourth quarter by catching a critical touchdown pass to send the game into overtime.
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Jake Rudock, QB Michigan (Senior)
33/46 passing, 440 yards, six touchdowns, seven carries, 64 yards vs. Indiana
Rudock was very impressive completing 71.74 percent of his passes. He made a lot of tough throws where he had to fit the ball into tight windows. He threw a beautiful over the shoulder pass to Jehu Chesson in the first quarter for a 34-yard touchdown. He did a good job at managing the pass rush by showing a lot of poise and pocket awareness. Rudock is an underrated quarterback prospect. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a lot of buzz during draft season.
Jordan Howard, RB Indiana (Junior)
35 carries, 238 yards, two touchdowns, one catch, seven yards, one touchdown vs. Michigan
Howard’s play made it possible for the Hoosiers to come close to pulling off an upset. While averaging 6.8 yards per carry, he was able to constantly find rushing lanes to run through to keep the chains moving. He was tough to bring down by dragging multiple defenders on most of his carries. His relentless running style wore down the defense. Indiana wouldn’t have had a chance in this game if it wasn’t for Howard. He is currently ranked second in the Big Ten in rushing and that’s after missing two games this season with an injury.
LeShun Daniels Jr., RB Iowa (Junior)
26 carries, 195 yards, three touchdowns vs. Minnesota
He was able to keep Iowa’s playoff hopes alive by being able to pound out Minnesota’s defense. Iowa might have lost this game if it wasn’t for his 51-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter to extend the lead just enough for Iowa to come away with the victory.
Ezekiel Elliott, RB Ohio State (Junior)
27 carries, 181 yards, two touchdowns vs. Illinois
Elliott proved why he is one of the best running backs in the nation by running for his fifteenth straight 100 yard game. He is ranked third in the nation in rushing with 1,425 yards, trailing only Leonard Fournette (1,474) and Derrick Henry (1,458).
Leonte Caroo, WR Rutgers (Senior)
Four catches, 62 yards vs. Nebraska
Caroo had an off game against Rutgers. He struggled to create separation from defenders and he dropped a couple of passes. When Caroo was able to get open quarterback Chris Laviano would be off the mark with his pass attempt.
Geronimo Allison, WR Illinois (Senior)
One catch, 38 yards vs. Ohio State
Allison had just one catch on seven targets. He struggled, he dropped a few passes, and he was highly inefficient running routes. Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple shut him down and didn’t allow him to get open.
De’Veon Smith, RB Michigan (Junior)
12 carries, 58 yards, two catches, zero yards vs. Indiana
Indiana’s defense did a good job at stuffing the run which caused Smith’s production to suffer. He was unable to find any lanes to run through and he was often tackled right at the line of scrimmage. Most of his production came from a 20-yard run in the third quarter. If you take away the 20-yard run, then he is just averaging 3.45 yards per carry.
Shannon Brooks, RB Minnesota (Freshman)
14 carries, 86 yards, one touchdown, 1/1 passing, 42 yards, one touchdown, three catches, 13 yards vs. Iowa
Brooks was able to churn out yards against a stout Hawkeye defense. He caught the defense on their heels by throwing a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter on a trick play. He also had a short yardage rushing touchdown.
Premier Conference Performer
Dalvin Cook, RB Florida State (Sophomore)
22 carries, 138 yards, two touchdowns, two catches, 17 yards vs. North Carolina State
Cook currently ranks sixth in the nation in rushing with 1,369 yards, and he’s currently the ACC’s leading rusher. He has six games this year with over 100 yards rushing. He ranks tenth in the nation in rushing touchdowns with fourteen. Cook did what he does best against NC State, he used his agility to slip through the defense to continuously grind out yards. On a stretch play, he was able to burst through the defense bouncing off multiple defenders for a 30-yard touchdown run. That play was the start to 27 unanswered points for the Seminoles.
Elijah Hood, RB North Carolina (Sophomore)
17 carries, 132 yards, one touchdown vs. Miami
Hood has helped North Carolina reel off nine straight wins. Once the Tar Heels established a large lead they utilized Hood to pound out the defense and control the clock. He scored on a short yardage touchdown, which is his twelfth rushing touchdown for the season. He ranks third in the ACC in rushing with 945 yards.
Canaan Severin, WR Virginia (Senior)
Eight catches, 116 yards, three touchdowns vs. Louisville
This was Severin’s first big game since week two against Notre Dame. He caught two key touchdown receptions in the fourth quarter to put the Cavaliers in striking distance for the victory. His resilient play in the fourth quarter wasn’t enough to carve out a victory as Virginia lost the game 38-31.
Charone Peake, WR Clemson (Senior)
Seven catches, 120 yards, one touchdown vs. Syracuse
Peake caught all seven of his targets. He caught a 65-yard over the shoulder bomb from Deshaun Watson in the first quarter. He was able to make a play on the ball while being covered in the end zone for a four yard touchdown reception.
Bucky Hodges, TE Virginia Tech (Sophomore)
Three catches, 31 yards vs. Georgia Tech
Hodges was only able to catch three of his nine targets. He dropped a few passes, and he had trouble separating from defenders. Hodges has just 414 yards and five touchdowns this season.
Shaquille Powell, RB Duke (Senior)
Six carries, 25 yards, five catches, 34 yards vs. Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh did a very good job at stopping the run which left zero lanes for Powell to run through. Duke was playing from behind for most of the game, so they had to abandon the run, causing Powell’s production to plummet. Despite his dismal production on the ground, he did well at catching the ball out of the backfield as a check down option.
Stacy Coley, WR Miami (Junior)
Five catches, 58 yards vs. North Carolina
Quarterback Brad Kaaya had difficulty connecting with Coley on his pass attempts. Kaaya had an off game. He was highly inaccurate, causing him to miss a lot of his throws. Coley and Kaaya struggled to get on the same page. Coley also struggled at getting open and creating separation.
Travon McMillian, RB Virginia Tech (Freshman)
24 carries, 135 yards, two touchdowns vs. Georgia Tech
He helped Virginia Tech grab their first lead with 6:58 remaining in the fourth quarter. Even when playing from behind, Virginia Tech didn’t abandon the run game, using McMIllian’s rushing ability to help churn out yards. He scored on two short yardage touchdowns. His freshman campaign has been solid, rushing for 800 yards and five touchdowns this season.
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