Overall, this was a very quiet week of college football. This was one of those slates where a lot of the top power-five schools played against jobber competition. Alabama and Ohio State combined for 140 points this weekend against lesser competition. We did have a few fun matchups on the slate but nothing that was pay-per-view worthy.
We did see some big performances from some of the top devy prospects in college football. Many of them blew up the box score along with adding to their resume for the NFL Draft. The good thing about being out of conference play is that it allows us to zoom out and look at other prospects who could possibly rise during the draft process later.
Michael Penix Jr., Washington
Penix is a very good college quarterback who could develop into a decent NFL quarterback if the dominos fall his way. After spending four seasons at Indiana, he made the jump to Washington to prove himself. He had his first test on Saturday against Michigan State and passed. Penix tossed the ball 40 times for 397 yards and four touchdowns. He’s a player to pay attention to just in case his draft stock receives a bump in value over the next few months.
Spencer Rattler, South Carolina
Rattler has gone from one of the most prominent quarterbacks in college football to a journeyman transfer portal quarterback who is trying to string something together. Although we know what the outcome was going to be, Georgia was a major test for Rattler. The defensive line was in his face most of the game. Rattler was only able to launch three deep balls during the game with two of those deep passes getting intercepted. He finished the game completing 13 of his 25 pass attempts for 118 yards and two interceptions.
Will Shipley, Clemson
— ACC Network (@accnetwork) September 18, 2022
The sophomore running back had a very good performance against Louisiana Tech, rushing for 139 yards and two touchdowns. The former five-star recruit is quietly building his resume at Clemson. He has scored two touchdowns in each of his three games this season and 249 yards on the season. Shipley is expected to be one of the top running backs in the 2024 NFL Draft class.
Devon Achane, Texas A&M
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 18, 2022
There’s going to be a role for Achane at the NFL level. His overall athletic ability makes him a tough player to defend. There’s not much he can’t do. He catches the ball out the backfield, he can return kicks and he can make defenders miss in the open field. Against Miami, he rushed for 88 yards while also catching four passes for 42 yards and one touchdown.
Nicholas Singleton, Penn State
Nicholas Singleton was the PFN Freshman of the Week last week…
He might win it every week at this rate. Kid is built differently…
— Pro Football Network (@PFN365) September 17, 2022
We are looking at our next generational running back prospect. The freshman running back is living up to the expectations that were garnered during the recruiting process. He’s built to handle more than a three-down workload and has the speed to score from anywhere on the field. Singleton has 334 rushing yards and four touchdowns in three games.
Mohamed Ibrahim, Minnesota
It looks like Ibrahim is bouncing back from the nasty Achilles injury that stopped his 2021 campaign. He posted with his third-straight 100-yard game by rushing for 202 yards and three touchdowns against Colorado. He has also handled 23 touches a game this season which is an indicator that his previous injury isn’t holding him back from handling a full workload.
Zach Evans, Ole Miss
— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) September 17, 2022
It’s easy to see that Evans is going to be one of the top running backs in the 2023 NFL Draft class. He’s very explosive and will scoot past the defense once he sees daylight. Evans rushed for 134 and two touchdowns against Georgia Tech on Saturday. This marks his second 100-yard performance of the season. It appears he made the right move making the transition from TCU to Ole Miss. He’s receiving more national notoriety and is also looking good with his new team.
Quinshon Judkins, Ole Miss
— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) September 17, 2022
It’s important to note that the freshman also had a good day against Georgia Tech, rushing for 98 yards and two touchdowns. He will get the opportunity to see a larger role once Evans leaves for the NFL Draft. Judkins was a three-star prospect with an interesting prospect profile considering he already had decent size and was receiving offers from a lot of top power-five programs.
Kaleb Johnson, Iowa
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 18, 2022
Iowa let Johnson rumble against Nevada for 103 yards and two touchdowns. This was the freshman’s first big performance of his career. He displayed a little bit of everything with his seven carries from size-adjusted speed to good vision and contact balance. Johnson has a lot of promise and is a young running back to pay attention to.
Johnny Wilson, Florida State
JOHNNY WILSON, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! 🤯 pic.twitter.com/Uk5UIghbGg
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 17, 2022
Wilson is a 6-foot-7 sophomore wide receiver who initially spent two seasons with Arizona State. He blew up against Louisville last weekend catching seven balls for 149 yards and two touchdowns. We are by no means considering him a top-tier wide receiver prospect, but considering his size and playmaking ability, he’s a player to watch throughout the season.
Emeka Egbuka, Ohio State
To no surprise, Ohio State destroyed Toledo, scoring 77 points for their third victory of the season. Egbuka has another big performance, catching seven passes for 116 yards and one touchdown. The sophomore receiver currently owns a 30.14 percent market share of Ohio State’s passing production and is currently averaging 9.1 yards after the catch per reception on the season.
Jordan Addison, USC
Addison continues to impress. Against Fresno State, he caught six passes for 69 yards and one touchdown. For many people, he’s the top wide receiver in devy. I don’t need to see him take another snap. We saw him dominate at Pitt and now he’s producing at USC. I think he’s ready to play on Sundays.
Ja’Lynn Polk, Washington
Polk has his first big performance of his career catching six balls for 153 yards and three touchdowns against Michigan State. He is the first Washington wide receiver to catch three touchdowns in a single game since Dante Pettis in 2017. I wouldn’t consider him a rising devy prospect, but his performance last weekend is worth noting.
Jalen McMillan, Washington
Michael Penix Jr. and Jalen McMillan are SPECIAL 🥶 pic.twitter.com/Rl051MsVSw
— The Transfer Portal CFB (@TPortalCFB) September 17, 2022
McMillan was ranked the sixth-best wide receiver prospect in the 2020 recruiting class. He is having a strong start to his 2022 season, catching 16 balls for 308 yards and three touchdowns. His speed and ball skills make him tough to cover downfield. McMillan is the wide receiver prospect to monitor from this Washington team.
Brock Bowers, Georgia
Brock Bowers is a human cheat code pic.twitter.com/AutDLuH1QM
— Barstool UGA National Champions🏆 (@ugabarstool) September 17, 2022
Bowers posted another dominant performance on Saturday against South Carolina catching five balls for 121 yards and two touchdowns. The sophomore tight end is currently averaging 13.5 yards after the catch per reception as he continues to prove he’s one of the most dangerous pass catchers in college football when he has the ball in his hands.