Here at Dynasty Scouts, we’ll always do our best to keep you informed about the latest happenings in college football. We watch all of the games so you don’t have to. Here’s some of what we noticed this past weekend.
Premier Conference Performer
James Conner, RB Pittsburgh (Junior)
20 carries, 132 yards, one touchdown, three catches, 57 yards one touchdown vs. Clemson
Conner carried the entire team on his back, gaining a total of 189 total yards against a tough Clemson defense. He scored a crucial touchdown with 5:17 left in the fourth quarter to put Panthers within two points of the Tigers’ lead. This was his fourth 100-yard game on the year and he currently has 844 yards rushing while owning a 25.74 percent market share of Pitt’s total offensive production.
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Mike Williams, WR Clemson (Junior)
15 catches, 202 yards, one touchdown vs. Pittsburgh
Williams was the main benefactor from quarterback Deshaun Watson’s insane 70 pass attempts by catching 15 receptions for 202 yards and a touchdown. This was his fourth game surpassing 100-yards receiving and his second with more than ten receptions. He owns a 27.28 percent market share of Clemson’s’ passing production and he has 956 receiving yards on the year.
Artavis Scott, WR Clemson (Junior)
13 catches, 125 yards, one touchdown vs. Pittsburgh
Some could say Scott’s season has been a disappointment due to his highly volatile production, but he was able to put it together against Pittsburgh, catching 13 receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown. Clemson should change their name to “Wide Receiver University” due to the influx of talent they have at the position, which is one of the main reasons why Scott’s season has been up and down because there’s not enough targets to go around in the passing game to fuel all of the receivers. He currently has 454 receiving yards on the year.
Isaiah Ford, WR Virginia Tech (Junior)
Eight catches, 85 yards, one touchdown vs. Georgia Tech
Ford is starting to heat up as Virginia Tech is starting to get involved in more shoot outs which is providing him more opportunities to showcase his skill sets. He’s a superb route runner with the speed to easily burn defensive backs. He owns a 30.79 percent market share of Virginia Tech’s passing production while catching 795 yards on the year.
Matthew Dayes, RB North Carolina State (Senior)
27 carries, 108 yards, three touchdowns, one catch, ten yards vs. Syracuse
All Dayes does is produce. This was the seventh game of the season where he surpassed 100-yards rushing and ranks third in the ACC with 939 yards on the ground. He’s the workhorse back for the Wolfpack and the team lives and dies by his ability to run the football. He owns a 27.35 percent market share of the team’s offensive production, making him one of the most underrated running backs in college football.
Mark Walton, RB Miami (Sophomore)
16 carries, 111 yards, one touchdown, two catches, 11 yards vs. Virginia
Walton is quietly putting together a successful season as he currently ranks fourth in the ACC with 885 yards rushing. Miami is 5-0 this season when Walton rushes for over 100-yards and they are 1-4 when he rushes for under 90-yards. He scored on a 15-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to help the Hurricanes supplant the Cavaliers 34-14.
Dalvin Cook, RB Florida State (Junior)
18 carries, 108 yards, one touchdown, two catches, 12 yards vs. Boston College
When it comes to perennial running back prospects, Cook should be mentioned in the same breath as Ezekiel Elliott and Todd Gurley as one of the best running backs to come out in quite a long time. This was the sixth game of the season where he eclipsed the 100-yard mark and is also the eighteenth game of his career rushing for over 100-yards. He currently ranks seventh in the nation with 1,242 yards rushing while owning a 35.30 percent market share of the team’s total offensive production.
Marcus Marshall, RB Georgia Tech (Sophomore)
19 carries, 143 yards, one touchdown vs. Virginia Tech
Marshall outran the entire defense to score on a 56-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Georgia Tech utilized his ability to grind out the tough yards between the tackles in the second half to maintain their lead. He has an interesting blend of size and speed that makes him dangerous in the second level of the defense because he’s a load to bring down once he fully gathers all his momentum.
Lamar Jackson, QB Louisville (Sophomore)
14/26 passing, 145 yards, one touchdown, 22 carries, 153 yards vs. Wake Forest
It wasn’t a horrendous performance by Jackson but we are used to seeing Superman lineup under center and the less than spectacular results are not the norm compared to what we are used to seeing from him. He fumbled the ball twice, lost one of those fumbles which killed the drive, giving the ball back to the Demon Deacons. He completed just 53.85 percent of his passes, causing him to miss a lot of opportunities in the passing game. He did get the job done running the football, rushing for 153-yards while averaging 7.0 yards per carry.
Jamari Staples, WR Louisville (Senior)
Four catches, 28 yards vs. Wake Forest
Staples was restrained to just 28-yards receiving against Wake Forest. His production has been very volatile this season and numbers has been dependent on the flow of the game. He will blow up the box score if Louisville is in a shootout but he will have dismal results when the team blows out their opponents.
Stacy Coley, WR Miami (Senior)
Two catches, 39 yards vs. Virginia
Coley’s season has been a disappointment due to the lack of production and he has not been a major impact for his team which is going to hurt his draft stock. Game flow didn’t work in his favor during this game as Miami gained a large lead early in the contest, causing them to forgo the pass, but the biggest reason for his volatile production is because he’s not the main option in the passing offense anymore and quarterback Brad Kaaya is spreading the ball around to different targets.
Ahmmon Richards, WR Miami (Freshman)
Three catches, 100 yards, one touchdown vs. Virginia
This is the third game of the season where he hit at least 100-yards receiving in a game, giving him 732 yards on the season. He scored on an electric 77-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter from quarterback Brad Kaaya.
Premier Conference Performer
Akrum Wadley, RB Iowa (Junior)
23 carries, 115 yards, five catches, 52 yards, one touchdown vs. Michigan
Wadley blew up for 167 all-purpose yards to help lead the Iowa Hawkeyes to a 14-13 upset victory over the Michigan Wolverines. His speed and short area quickness makes him very dangerous in the open field and his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield adds to his value and makes him a more versatile prospect. His 52 receiving yards led the team in receiving as he gained 72.61 percent of the offenses total yardage in this game.
Curtis Samuel, RB Ohio State (Junior)
Four carries, 38 yards, two touchdowns, five catches, 74 yards, one touchdown vs. Maryland
He scored three touchdowns on just nine touchdowns during last Saturday’s 62-3 blowout victory over Maryland. He’s one of the most explosive athletes in the country and he’s very dangerous when he gets the ball in his hands. Head Coach Urban Meyer was hounded by the media over why Samuel isn’t getting more touches, but he didn’t directly answer any of the reporter’s questions as to why he’s not increasing his workload. There’s a lot of talent on the offense and whether he gets more touches or not this season doesn’t take away that he’s one of the most dynamic players in the nation.
Corey Clement, RB Wisconsin (Senior)
25 carries, 123 yards, three touchdowns, once catch, 24 yard vs. Illinois
Clement pounded the Illini defense for 123 rushing yards and three touchdowns which helped lead the way to a 48-3 victory for the Badgers. Clement has quietly gained 928 yards and ten touchdowns while owning a 26.03 market share of Wisconsin’s total offensive production. He also has five games with over 100-yards rushing.
Devine Redding, RB Indiana (Junior)
23 carries, 108 yards, two touchdowns, three catches, eight yards vs. Penn State
Devine is quietly putting together a very successful season where he has already eclipsed the 100-yard mark five times this season. With 901 rushing yards on the year, ranking sixth in the Big Ten, he owns a 22.51 percent market share of Indiana’s total offense.
LJ Scott, RB Michigan State (Sophomore)
20 carries, 122 yards, one touchdown vs. Rutgers
Scott is starting to heat things up as he rushed for over 100-yards in three of his last four games. He has a lot of potential and it’s good to see him turn his sophomore season around after starting the season slow. He has 775 yards on the season, ranking him eighth in the Big Ten.
Justin Jackson, RB Northwestern (Junior)
22 carries, 127 yards, two touchdowns, one catch, eight yards vs. Purdue
Northwestern pounded Jackson between the tackles to help maintain their large lead over Purdue. This was his seventh game with 20 or more carries and his fourth game with over 100-yards rushing. He ranks second in the Big Ten with 1,037 rushing yards while owning a 30.48 percent market share of the team’s offensive production.
De’Veon Smith, RB Michigan (Senior)
12 carries, 28 yards vs. Iowa
Smith was shut down by a very tough Iowa defense that held him in check to just 2.3 yards per carry. This was a tough game for the entire Michigan offense not just Smith. He currently has 592-yards and eight touchdowns on the season.
Saquon Barkley, RB Penn State (Sophomore)
33 carries, 58 yards, two touchdowns, two catches, 34 yards vs. Indiana
Even though he did manage to score two touchdowns it was very hard to ignore his unusual 1.8 yards per carry average. He only managed to rush for just 58-yards on the ground and most of those yards came on one carry where he outran the defense for a 21-yard gain. Games like this happen, there’s going to be a few games in a player’s career and his performance in this game will not affect his stock.
Wilton Speight, QB Michigan (Junior)
11/26 passing, 103 yards, one interception vs. Iowa
Iowa’s defense came to play Saturday night against Michigan, allowing just 201 total yards. Speight had difficulty connecting with his receivers as he completed just 42.31 percent of his passes while averaging just four yards per attempt. He was sacked twice and threw a costly interception. Losing isn’t fun but Michigan can turn things around by defeating Ohio State in the season finale.
K.J. Hill, WR Ohio State (Freshman)
Five catches, 62 yards vs. Maryland
Hill, a four-star recruit from North Little Rock, Arkansas, is best known for his speed, short area quickness and his ability to pick up yards after the catch. He has caught ten receptions for 128 yards during his last two games. There’s a lot of talent on Ohio State’s roster, so most of his playing time has came late in games after Ohio State has gained a large lead over their opponents.