The seventh week of the 2020 college football season was marked by Alabama’s decisive win over a feisty Georgia team that gave it all they had, and a dominating win for Clemson that saw them put up 73 points against Georgia Tech while putting in four different quarterbacks. Meanwhile Notre Dame endured quite the scare against an unranked Louisville team and Florida State somehow managed to upset highly ranked North Carolina. Below are the prospects who stood out during another week of college football.
Jaycee Horn CB (South Carolina)
It was largely a “shutdown” day for the junior corner, with one blemish. Although he did give up a 44-yard deep catch to the equally physical Seth Williams, Horn made up for it with two interceptions and four other pass breakups. On top of that, one of his pass breakups also led to another interception by teammate Jaylin Dickerson. Simply put, South Carolina doesn’t win their game without the massive effort from their star cornerback.
Jamin Davis LB (Kentucky)
In an amazing overall performance by the Kentucky defense, it was Davis as the MVP. He was constantly around the ball carrier to the tune of 12 total tackles, and his pick-six was a fantastic display of awareness in watching the quarterback’s eyes and dropping further and further into coverage. That play essentially ended the game, as Tennessee was deep in Wildcats’ territory at the time and could only muster up seven total points after that.
Jared Goldwire DT (Louisville)
The Cardinals hung tough with Notre Dame for the entire game, thanks to their defense allowing only 12 points and virtually no big plays. The big defensive tackle was the lynchpin in that effort, even if the box score doesn’t necessarily show it. His presence in the middle largely prevented any big runs, by getting good penetration, and he managed to finish second on the team in tackles with six. Although he didn’t offer much against the pass, his performance against the run shouldn’t go unnoticed.
Amari Rodgers WR (Clemson)
Going up against a strong pair of starting corners for Georgie Tech, Rodgers was able to take advantage on several crossers and other routes that beat man-coverage in racking up 161 receiving yards. Also on display were his solid pair of hands on two difficult touchdown catches, and his long speed on an 83-yard deep shot bomb. This already looks like a career year for the senior.
Leddie Brown RB (West Virginia)
Brown had a coming out party against Kansas, to the point where it might be time to declare him among the best runners in the Big-12. Against the Jayhawks, the big back showed virtually everything; elite balance after contact, long speed on an 87-yard touchdown run and even some receiving skills with five catches for 36 yards and a touchdown. Although he has some limitations as more of a one-cut runner, it looks like he’ll come out of this game and season a huge riser.
Trey Hill C (Georgia)
It’s not often you see a Crimson Tide defense completely dominated upfront by an opposing offensive line, but that’s exactly what happened Saturday night, thanks to the junior center. Hill’s double teams blew Alabama defenders off the ball in the run game, to the point where Georgia’s top two runners finished the day averaging 5.7 and 7.3 yards per rush. In the passing game, Hill’s ability to anchor was obvious, with the bigger defensive tackles also frequently unable to move him from his spot.