In Week 5 of college football, both Alabama and Georgia managed to defend their co-dominance of the SEC against Ole Miss and Arkansas respectively, while the defenses of Cincinnati and Michigan remain largely the reasons those two teams carry legitimate college football playoff aspirations. Meanwhile, it looks like Clemson will be left out of the playoffs for the first time since they were created. Below are the prospects who stood out during Week 5 of college football.
CB Riley Moss (Iowa)
The Hawkeyes’ defense intercepted two Maryland quarterbacks six—count ‘em six—times in their game. Moss was the recipient of one of the six picks early in the first quarter, which is already his third on the season. It was quite the nifty takeaway, with Moss making his drop, then deciding to drop off the underneath target and let the quarterback’s eyes take him to the ball, all while sliding to the turf for the grab. Meanwhile, the draft-eligible sophomore led his team in tackles with five and had a tackle for loss to boot.
TE Cole Turner (Nevada)
Nevada jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead in the first quarter of their game against Boise State, thanks to a borderline dominant string of plays by Turner. The 6’6” senior was a total mismatch in the passing game, and finished that first drive with an impressive back-shoulder grab. He didn’t do too much the rest of the game, but his stock will be on the rise this game even though he’s not being a used as a traditional tight end in the Wolf Pack’s offense.
DT Devonte Wyatt (Georgia)
Georgia managed to defend their unbeaten record against an upstart Arkansas team thanks, in part, to dominating defensive line play. Wyatt was the extremely active all game, finishing with six tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and 1.5 sacks. Playing next to big Jordan Davis helps, but the smaller DT at 6’2” and 310lbs managed to both hold his ground and shed blocks at the right time, or penetrate the offensive line for pressure when needed.
QB Malik Willis (Liberty)
Willis has been on a slow and steady burn throughout this season, to the point where he may be the biggest riser in college football. It all came to a head this week in the game against UAB, to the point where he could almost do no wrong in a 431-yard offensive performance. His three touchdowns in the third quarter were all displays of his dual-threat passing talents and essentially put the game away.