After Week Four of College Football was dominated by defensive prospects, Week Five saw offenses bounce back. Several of the prospects below came out with some eye-popping offensive production, albeit not exactly against any defensive juggernauts.
Luke Falk, quarterback (Washington State)
“Sam Darnold outplayed by Luke Falk” became the headline of the USC-Washington game and it is true. Although a ton of his 344 passing yards came from wide receiver screens, Falk also made some ballsy throws down the field. His pocket presence and toughness was also something to behold; on one particular play he got absolutely crunched by a blitzer and still managed to get the pass off for a huge gain in the middle of the field.
Bryce Love, running back (Stanford)
301 rushing yards. I don’t care who its against (Arizona State) that is worthy of some praise. Often the forgotten running back of this year’s class, Love displayed his power and breakaway straight-line speed that should earn him more attention from #drafttwitter.
Michael Gallup, wide receiver (Colorado State)
One of my draft crushes, Gallup is another prospect who doesn’t get enough attention from the draft media. Gallup accelerates quickly, sports very good hands and has the versatility to work both underneath and deep routes. His game against Hawaii should open some eyes after he torched their defense to the tune of 212 yards and a TD on only 8 receptions.
Rasheem Green, defensive tackle (USC)
Green fits into the mold of a small-but-quick defensive lineman. It’s always been known that he’s an athletic specimen but so far this year he’s struggled to make an impact on the stats sheet. He had his coming out party against Washington State, finishing with 1.5 sacks and 1.5 tackles-for-loss to go along with many more quarterback pressures. Green will shoot up draft boards if he can string together more performances like this
Natrell Jamerson, safety (Wisconsin)
No. 9 Wisconsin has been one of the surprising teams of the college football season and that’s mostly thanks to their defense. Jamerson is one of the senior leaders of the defense and is rumored to be one of the strongest members of the team, pound-for-pound. Jamerson also has good speed, as he was previously a cornerback for the Badgers. Against pesky Northwestern and their underrated quarterback, Jamerson broke the game wide open with his two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.
Tegray Scales, linebacker (Indiana)
No one player can stop Penn State’s Saquon Barkley but Scales put forth a valiant effort last Saturday. He’s an undersized but quick linebacker I highlighted in last week’s prospect preview. Barkley managed to get his yardage, but Scales made it tougher for him and left the field with 11 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 tackles-for-loss.