College football proved, once again, that its greatest strength is its unpredictability. No. 2 Georgia was shut down by No. 13 LSU’s defense, No. 17 Oregon relied on their rushing game to upset No. 7 Washington and Iowa State was able to come away with the win against West Virginia. Other teams, like No. 3 Ohio State and No. 14 Florida, faced some surprisingly competitive squads, but managed to come out on top anyway. Take a gander below for those players that helped out their draft stock during a crazy week.
WR Collin Johnson (Texas)
Johnson’s productive day receiving the ball allowed the Longhorns to fend off a feisty Baylor team. The 6’6”, 220-pound junior wasn’t really a threat to run by the Baylor corners, but his ability to high-point the ball and his overwhelming catch radius allowed him to come down with most passes. Johnson was also very physical in his routes, not afraid to mix it up with whomever was standing in front of him. His day resulted in 11 catches for 132 yards and a touchdown.
QB Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State)
One of the few quarterback prospects who had a decent day at the office, Haskins picked apart Minnesota with pinpoint throws between the hashes. Unlike in his game against Penn State, the sophomore signal caller wasn’t pressured much and was much more accurate and decisive as a consequence. Haskins finished the day with 33 completions on 44 attempts for 412 yards and three touchdowns.
RB David Montgomery (Iowa State)
A massive part of Iowa State’s win against heavily favored West Virginia was the play of a newly healthy Montgomery. The junior broke out his quick jump cut and just proved difficult to tackle and bring down all day. His ability to get West Virginia defenders to commit to gaps before cutting plays outside resulted in several big runs. With games like this, in what’s looking like a down draft for running backs, Montgomery is proving that he deserves to be considered one of the best.
TE Jace Sternberger (Texas A&M)
A&M had a fight on their hands against South Carolina’s electric offense and turned to perhaps it’s most unlikely contributor: recent transfer tight end Jace Sternberger. The junior had a career day thanks to his quick straight-line speed out of his stance and his soft hands. Most of all though was his absolute refusal to go down after first contact. He was dragging defenders all over the field after catches. Sternberger’s day resulted in 7 receptions for 145 yards and a touchdown. He’s one to watch moving forward.
DE Zach Allen (Boston College)
Teammate Wyatt Ray may have had more sacks, but Allen was more regularly disruptive in their game against Louisville. With his quickness off the snap and his pure upper-body strength, he took up residence in the Cardinals’ backfield. The senior was second on the team in tackles and came up with a sack and three-tackles-for-loss. He also managed to block a PAT attempt, which meant his team was able to go into the locker room at halftime up by four.
LB Joe Giles-Harris (Duke)
Teams need great linebacker play if they want to have any hope of defeating the triple-option offense, and that’s what Duke got on Saturday with the play of Joe Giles-Harris. The junior from Rockland County was the heady veteran presence that the Blue Devils needed in defending the Georgia Tech attack. Even though he didn’t have any splash plays, he paced his team with 15 tackles and his ability to take on blockers and tackle runners ensured that the Yellow Jackets had very few long gains.