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
LJ Scott, RB Michigan State (Sophomore)
19 carries, 160 yards, one touchdown, two catches, 76 yards, one touchdowns vs. Ohio State
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This was Scott’s coming out party as he gained 236 total yards against one of the most talented defenses in the country. He does a really good job at waiting for his blocks to set up before making his move, which is not a common characteristic for a sophomore running back. He runs with a lot of power behind his 230-pound frame and he also has enough speed to outrun defenders once he hits the second level of the defense. This was his fifth 100-yard game and he has 935 rushing yards on the year while owning a 24.61 percent market share of the team’s offensive production.
Justin Jackson, RB Northwestern (Junior)
22 carries, 90 yards, one touchdown, eight catches, 51 yards vs. Minnesota
Jackson gained 141 total yards on Saturday, averaging 4.7 yards per touch and he also led the team with eight receptions. He scored on a 4-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter. He has 1,127 yards on the reason, ranking him second in the Big Ten in rushing.
LeShun Daniels Jr., RB Iowa (Senior)
26 carries, 159, two touchdowns, one catch, three yards vs. Illinois
Iowa utilized Daniels’ skill set to pound him between the tackles late in the game to control the clock. He outran the entire defense for a 50-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to give the Hawkeyes a 21-0 lead. This was his third 100-yard game on the season and he currently has 855 yards on the year.
Terrell Newby, RB Nebraska (Senior)
22 carries, 98 yards, three touchdowns, two catches, 16 yards vs. Maryland
Newby rushed for 98 yards on the ground while averaging 4.5 yards per carry against Maryland on Saturday. He also managed to catch two balls out of the backfield for 16-yards. His presence was felt around the goal line as he scored on three short yardage touchdowns. He has 825 yards and seven touchdowns on the season.
Corey Clement, RB Wisconsin (Senior)
27 carries, 112 yards, one touchdown vs. Purdue
Clement has been on fire lately, rushing for 341 yards and five touchdowns during his last three games. This was the sixth game of the season where he surpassed the 100-yard mark on the ground. He put the final nail in Purdue’s coffin in the fourth quarter by rushing for a 6-yard touchdown run to give the Badgers a 49-13 lead. Clement currently has 1,040 yards on the year while owning a 26.15 percent market share of Wisconsin’s offensive production.
De’Veon Smith, RB Michigan (Senior)
23 carries, 158 yards, two touchdowns vs. Indiana
With quarterback Wilton Speight not being able to suit up for the game due to an injury, Michigan had to rely on Smith to carry the load between the tackles. He delivered by rushing for 158 yards while averaging 6.9 yards per carry. His production has been very volatile this season as he has three games with over 100-yards rushing and he also has four games with under 50-yards on the ground. Smith currently has 750 yards rushing on the season.
Mike Webber, RB Ohio State (Freshman)
14 carries, 111 yards, one touchdown vs. Michigan State
This was his fourth 100-yard game on the season and he currently has 1,046 rushing yards on the year, ranking him third in the Big Ten. He scored his eighth touchdown of the season on a 4-yard touchdown plunge late in the third quarter to give the Buckeyes a 17-10 lead. Webber has had an incredible freshman campaign, he’s the major focal point of the offense and owning a 20.94 percent market share of Ohio State’s offensive production.
Saquon Barkley, RB Penn State (Sophomore)
16 carries, 92 yards, one touchdown, two receptions, 25 yards vs. Rutgers
Barkley ran over, through and around the Scarlet Knight defense while averaging a stunning 5.8 yards per carry. He currently leads the Big Ten in rushing with 1,205 yards and owns a 32.41 percent market share of Penn State’s offensive production. He’s going to roll into next season as one of the top running back prospects for the 2018 draft class.
Devine Redding, RB Indiana (Junior)
22 carries, 50 yards, one catch, one yard vs. Michigan
Michigan’s defense controlled the line of scrimmage and did a tremendous job at stuffing the run to limit Redding to just a 2.3 yards per carry average. There were no holes to run through and he was often stuffed at the line of scrimmage. He currently has 951 yards on the season.
John O’Korn, QB Michigan (Senior)
7/16 passing, 59 yards, six carries, 19 yards vs. Indiana
O’Korn finally got an opportunity to prove that he could lead the team as the starting quarterback due to an injury to Wilton Speight. He didn’t take advantage of the opportunity as he struggled to connect with his wide receivers which led to a 43.8 completion percentage. Michigan’s goal is to have Speight back in the lineup for the Ohio State game next week.
Chris Godwin, WR Penn State (Junior)
Three catches, 36 yards vs. Rutgers
Penn State obtained a substantial lead early in the game, causing the offense to forgo passing the football, which limited the number of targets Godwin could receive. His season has been highly volatile as this was the fifth game of the season where he failed to surpass 50-yards receiving.
Bradrick Shaw, RB Wisconsin (Freshman)
Eight carries, 68 yards, two touchdowns vs. Purdue
Shaw, a three-start recruit from Birmingham Alabama was heavily recruited by Alabama, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin. He provides a nice blend of size, power and tackle breaking ability to the Badger’s run game. His running style is very similar to Clement and he should see a large increase in workload next season.
Premiere Conference Performer
Dalvin Cook, RB Florida State (Junior)
28 carries, 225 yards, four touchdowns vs. Syracuse
Don’t be surprised if Cook is the consensus 1.1 in rookie drafts six months from now because he is consistently on a weekly basis demonstrating that he’s an elite level prospect. They don’t make many running backs like him and he should be deemed as a special talent. This was his seventh game with over 100-yards rushing and his third game with three or more touchdowns. He has 1,467 yards on the season, ranking sixth in the nation and he currently owns a 35.19 percent market share of the team’s offensive production.
Wayne Gallman, RB Clemson (Junior)
22 carries, 161 yards, two touchdowns, two catches, 11 yards vs. Wake Forest
Gallman is Clemson’s workhorse back and he’s used heavily to run the ball between the tackles to keep the chains moving. He has a very strong profile and he’s being overshadowed by a lot of running backs in the upcoming draft class, which in most years wouldn’t be the case because he’s talented, highly productive and has enough athleticism to get the job done at the NFL level. He has 831-yards (sixth in the ACC) and 13 touchdowns (fifth in the ACC) while owning a 16.91 percent of Clemson’s offensive production.
James Conner, RB Pittsburgh (Junior)
14 carries, 101 yards, two touchdowns vs. Duke
This was his fifth game of the season where he surpassed the 100-yard mark and he currently ranks fifth in the ACC in rushing with 945 yards. He should be considered a solid second round rookie pick If he decides to come out for the draft next year. He’s the heart and soul of the Panther’s offense as he currently owns a 25.37 percent market share of the team’s offensive production.
Mike Williams, WR Clemson (Junior)
Six catches, 58 yards, one touchdown vs. Wake Forest
Williams didn’t go off in this game but he did make a few spectacular catches using his size to out muscle the defenders. His draft stock is starting to pick up a lot of steam and he could potentially become the top wide receiver prospect in next year’s draft class. He currently has 1,014 yards on the year while owning a 27.67 percent market share of Clemson’s passing offense.
Mark Walton, RB Miami (Sophomore)
19 carries, 120 yards, three touchdowns, one catch, 19 yards vs. North Carolina State
Walton has supplanted fellow running back Joseph Yearby and is now the main back for the Hurricanes. This was his third straight game with over 100-yards rushing and his sixth game of the season eclipsing the 100-yard mark. He has 1,005 yards on the season, ranking fourth in the ACC and owns a 26.07 percent of the Miami’s offensive production.
Lamar Jackson, QB Louisville (Sophomore)
20/43 passing, 211 yards, one touchdown, 25 carries, 33 yards vs. Houston
Houston had his number, sacking Jackson eleven times, while allowing him to complete just 46.5 percent of his passes. The pressure got to him, rattling him every time he dropped back to pass, causing him to make mistakes and miss open receivers. His stock shouldn’t drop from this game, he’s still a very intriguing prospect and he should continue to develop going into his junior season.
Brand Radcliff, RB Louisville (Senior)
Nine carries, 19 yards, three catches, 19 yards vs. Houston
Houston’s defensive line built an indestructible wall and made Radcliff pay for it by stifling him to just 2.1 yards per carry. He needs to finish his senior year strong if he wants to get drafted because the 2017 running back class is going to be one of the deepest classes ever when it comes to running back talent, which is going to make it hard for a back like Radcliff to stand out amongst the stiff competition.
Travon McMillian, RB Virginia Tech (Sophomore)
One carry, two yards vs. Notre Dame
McMillian’s usage has slipped drastically compared to last year as he only has three games with more than 15 carries. He received his first and only carry during the first quarter and was missing in action during the remainder of the game.
Ahmmon Richards, WR Miami (Freshman)
Nine catches, 117 yards vs. North Carolina State
Richards has caught 20 receptions for 361 yards in his last three games. His 117 yards led the ACC in receiving yards for week 12. He’s finishing his freshman campaign strong with 849 receiving yards on the season, ranking fifth in the ACC while owning a 29.31 percent market share of Miami’s passing production.