Week One got started with several games on Thursday and Friday night. I watched three off them. Utah smashed BYU on Thursday, Colorado did the same to Colorado State, and Wake Forest survived Utah State.
YOU GOT MOSS’D
Zack Moss showed everything you want in a feature back in the win over BYU. He finished with 181 yards rushing and a score against the Cougars. Moss looks fully recovered from his injury. He has tremendous balance, sees the hole quickly, and accelerates through it.
Utah edge rusher Bradley Anae didn’t show up in the stat sheets but his disruption was evident all night. His pressure led directly to the pick-six by linebacker Francis Bernard.
Jaylon Johnson (CB) and Julian Blackmon (DS) both had excellent games in the backend. Blackmon also had an interception. Blackmon was listed as a corner but he mostly played as a single high safety. Johnson looks much more comfortable in press-man coverage. However, he has the range and ball skills to play well in a zone scheme.
NO LOVE ON THIS NIGHT
Utah State junior quarterback Jordan Love has received high praise throughout the offseason, and rightly so. Love shows all the skills you want as a player playing the most important position in the game. Unfortunately, his decision making in this one left a lot to be desired. Love struggled to properly read the coverage on his three interceptions, including the game sealer in the final minute. Love finished with 416 yards and three touchdowns.
The Utah State media department sent out these awesome notepads pumping up a Love for Heisman campaign.
I think we call that campaign over now.
On defense for the Aggies, I came in watching edge rusher Tipa Galeai. Galeai looked unspectacular in this one. However, his teammate, junior linebacker David Woodward was a madman. Woodward finished with 24(!!!) tackles, two forced fumbles, and a sack. It is the type of performance that will make you stand up and notice.
DO YOU LIKE STREAKY QUARTERBACKS?
If you like streaky quarterbacks then Colorado senior Steven Montez may be your guy. Montez has a big body, a big arm, and a big bag of inconsistency. He throws well on the run but his play in the pocket lacks focus. A team is going to love his tools, for his sake, I hope he lands with a team that employs a good carpenter.
OTHER NOTES FROM WEEK ONE
BYU junior TE Matt Bushman came as advertised.
Wake Forest corner Essang Bassey looked like a solid corner prospect but nothing to write home about. However, his offensive teammates looked really nice. Junior QB Jaime Newman had a nice performance in the win. He threw for 401 yards and three scores (no picks). Redshirt sophomore receiver Sage Surratt looks like a stud. He is 6’3” 215, has a great frame, and excellent hands. Surratt finished with a 7-151-1 stat line. Senior WR Scottie Washington and his 6’5” 225-pound frame also caught my eye.
Until next time…