It was another jam-packed weekend of college football, with rivalry games, upsets and narrow misses. The ACC didn’t have a productive weekend, with No. 15 Virginia Tech getting stuffed by West Virginia 27-21, and No. 24 Miami being completely blown out at home to Michigan State 38-17 at home. Meanwhile the two ranked Group of Five teams—Cincinnati and Coastal Carolina—managed to stay unbeaten despite close contests against Buffalo and Indiana respectively. Below are the prospects who stood out during Week 3 of college football.
S Kyle Hamilton (Notre Dame)
With ten tackles, two passes defensed and another interception, it was just another day at the office for perhaps the best defender in the nation. On an early fourth-down play in the first quarter, Hamilton was able to run up and make a tackle in space to force a turnover on downs that set the tone for the game. Meanwhile, the athletic safety showed off some next-level hand-eye coordination with plucking an interception off of a tight end’s hands right in the end zone in the fourth quarter.
WR Charleston Rambo (Miami)
The transfer from Oklahoma has fit like a glove into the Hurricanes’ offense and demonstrated that in their loss against a tough Michigan State squad. The junior’s 12 receptions for 156 yards came on a variety of routes—including making himself available on broken plays—and Rambo looks pretty polished as a route runner overall. His highlight was his second of two touchdown receptions, that came on a dig route against heavy traffic from both the corner and the encroaching safety.
EDGE Drew Beesley (Michigan State)
Across the field from the aforementioned wide receiver, the big 260-lb senior pass rusher managed to wrangle Miami quarterback D’Eriq King twice, which is no small feat considering King is one of the better dual-threat signal callers in the country. Beesley’s pure strength was evident, but he’s not just a bull rusher. During one particular rush his burst up field against the opposing tackle allowed him to register his second sack and a forced-fumble. Although he doesn’t look like a high-end athlete, he captured some attention.
LB Kadofi Wright (Buffalo)
UB has one of the better, if not the best linebacking corps in the MAC. At 6’3” and 230 lbs, Wright is the speed ‘backer and coverage specialist. He proved effective in that role against the heavily favored Chanticleers. Much of Coastal Carolina’s offense is predicated on stretching defenses out along the edges and then attacking the middle of the field on short plays. Wright’s ability to run and tackle came up on his two key tackles-for-loss and his coverage was evident with holding tight end prospect Isaiah Likely to one catch.