What to Watch: Week One Prospect Platter

What to Watch

After the palette cleanser in Week Zero, the 2019 college football season fully gets underway, starting on Thursday night. I will tell you what to watch, and more importantly, whom to watch in the ten games I will be consuming this week.

WEEK ONE PROSPECT PLATTER

8/29/2019     

Utah @ BYU 9:15 pm ESPN

89 TE Matt Bushman BYU Jr 6’4 245
6 EDGE Bradley Anae Utah Sr 6’2 254
23 CB Julian Blackmon Utah Sr 6’0 190
1 CB Jaylon Johnson Utah Jr 6’0 190
2 RB Zach Moss Utah Sr 5’9 215

Utah enters 2019 as a Pac-12 favorite. The Utes defense will be stellar led by edge rusher Bradley Anae. Zach Moss is one of the top senior backs available in next years draft. He enters 2019 as my #3 RB. BYU tight end Matt Bushman has been highly productive over his first two seasons in Provo. However, after off-season shoulder surgery, his status for this game is uncertain.

8/30/2019

Utah State @ Wake Forest 7 pm ACCN

10 QB Jordan Love Utah State Jr 6’3 225
10 EDGE Tipa Galeai Utah State Sr 6’5 230
21 CB Essang Bassey Wake Forest Sr 5’10 190

Jordan Love was one of the biggest surprises of my summer viewings. He is accurate, athletic, and has an NFL arm. Love has this game and a road trip to LSU to prove his mettle against Power Five opponents. Undersized corner Bassey will be tested by Love.

Colorado vs. Colorado State 9:10 pm ESPN (Denver, CO)

12 QB Steven Montez Colorado Sr 6’4 225
2 WR Laviska Shenault Colorado Jr 6’2 220
64 OT Aaron Haigler Colorado Sr 6’6 295
56 G Tim Lynott Colorado Sr 6’2 300
20 LB Davion Taylor Colorado Sr 6’2 220
34 DL Mustafa Johnson Colorado Sr 6’2 285

 The Rams are sorely lacking in NFL talent. However, their counterparts from Boulder are not. Laviska Shenault is one of the most exciting prospects available. Montez is a toolsy passer (DFD #10 QB). He has the physical talent just needs to put it all together.

8/31/2019     

South Alabama @ Nebraska 11 am ESPN

1 CB Lamar Jackson Nebraska Sr 6’2 195
4 S Avery Anderson Nebraska Sr 6’0 185
74 G Jalin Barnett Nebraska Sr 6’3 330
94 DL Khalil Davis Nebraska Sr 6’2 310
7 LB Mohamed Barry Nebraska Sr 6’1 230
12 DL Tyree Turner South Alabama Sr 6’0 285

Nebraska enters 2019 with raised expectations. Scott Frost’s squad is close. Mohamed Barry is probably their top draft prospect. Barry enters 2019 carrying a mid-round grade. For South Alabama, the Jags top prospect is undersized defensive tackle Tyree Turner. Turner recorded a 10/10 production score in 2018.

North Carolina vs. South Carolina 2:30 pm ESPN (Charlotte, NC)

8 EDGE D.J. Wonnum South Carolina Sr 6’4 251
6 LB T.J. Brunson South Carolina Sr 6’1 230
19 QB Jake Bentley South Carolina Sr 6’3 223
5 RB Rico Dowdle South Carolina Sr 5’11 220
89 WR Bryan Edwards South Carolina Sr 6’2 205
72 C Donnell Stanley South Carolina Sr 6’2 315
3 DL Javon Kinlaw South Carolina Sr 6’5 305
4 RB Tavien Feaster South Carolina Sr 6’0 221

Below from Senior Bowl watchlist

55 DL Jason Strowbridge North Carolina Sr 6’5 285
67 OT Charlie Heck North Carolina Sr 6’8 315
24 RB Antonio Williams North Carolina Sr 5’11 215
86 TE Carl Tucker North Carolina Sr 6’2 248

The 2019 Gamecocks will be Will Muschamp’s most talented squad. It is no surprise that this will be the first senior class that he recruited. Brunson is a sideline-to-sideline tackling machine. He has tremendous range. Wonnum is their best pass rusher but is coming off of an injury.

Virginia Tech @ Boston College 3 pm ACCN

2 RB A.J. Dillon Boston College Jr 6’0 245
48 DL Tanner Karafa Boston College Sr 6’2 285
14 WR Damon Hazelton Virginia Tech Jr 6’1 222

Where has the talent gone in Blacksburg? In years past this list would have gone ten deep. For BC, A.J. Dillon returns with 2600 career rush yards. Does he have the long speed?

Auburn vs. Oregon 6:30 pm ABC (Arlington, TX)

3 DL Marlon Davidson Auburn Sr 6’2 282
5 DL Derrick Brown Auburn Sr 6’4 316
70 OT Prince Teno Wanagho Auburn Sr 6’6 301
91 EDGE Nick Coe Auburn Jr 6’4 282
24 S Daniel Thomas Auburn Sr 5’11 208
55 C Jake Hanson Oregon Sr 6’4 290
35 EDGE Troy Dye Oregon Sr 6’3 225
10 QB Justin Herbert Oregon Sr 6’5 225
84 WR Juwan Johnson Oregon Sr 6’3 226
27 TE Jake Breeland Oregon Sr 6’5 248
54 OT Calvin Throckmorton Oregon Sr 6’5 318
68 G Shane Lemieux Oregon Sr 6’4 317
75 G Dallas Warmack Oregon Sr 6’2 328

This matchup is all about the trenches. Oregon has one of the best (and well-coached) offensive lines in the country. Throckmorton, Lemieux, Warmack, and Hanson should all be drafted. Auburn counters with Derrick Brown, Nick Coe, and Marlon Davidson upfront. If the Ducks OL can neutralize them, Justin Herbert should be able to pick apart their secondary.

Georgia @ Vanderbilt 6:30 pm SECN

16 WR Demetris Robertson Georgia Sr 6’0 190
11 QB Jake Fromm Georgia Jr 6’2 220
7 RB D’Andre Swift Georgia Jr 5’9 215
18 WR Lawrence Cager Georgia Sr 6’4 220
71 OT Andrew Thomas Georgia Jr 6’5 320
66 G Solomon Kindley Georgia Jr 6’3 335
52 DL Tyler Clark Georgia Sr 6’3 300
20 S J.R. Reed Georgia Sr 6’0 194
2 S Richard LeCounte Georgia Jr 5’10 190
89 TE Charlie Woerner Georgia Sr 6’5 245
80 TE Jared Pinkney Vanderbilt Sr 6’4 250
15 QB Riley Neal Vanderbilt Sr 6’5 225
5 RB Keshawn Vaughn Vanderbilt Sr 5’9 215
16 WR Kalija Lipscomb Vanderbilt Sr 6’0 200
10 EDGE Dayo Odeyingbo Vanderbilt Jr 6’5 265

Georgia is becoming Alabama East under Kirby Smart. Just consistently reloading talent year after year. However, you don’t expect Vanderbilt to be loaded with talent. Keshawn Vaughn is one of the best backs in the nation. Lipscomb is a potential day two talent at WR. Jared Pinkney is a sleeper for round one.

9/1/2019       

Houston @ Oklahoma 6:30 pm ABC

74 OT Josh Jones Houston Sr 6’6 310
2 QB Jalen Hurts Oklahoma Sr 6’1 214
11 CB Parnell Motley Oklahoma Sr 5’11 175
4 RB Trey Sermon Oklahoma Jr 6’0 224
2 WR CeeDee Lamb Oklahoma Jr 6’1 189
80 TE Grant Calcaterra Oklahoma Jr 6’4 221
56 C Creed Humphrey Oklahoma rSo 6’4 325
90 DL Neville Gallimore Oklahoma Sr 6’2 330
19 LB Caleb Kelly Oklahoma Sr 6’2 229

Jalen Hurts is the big headline-grabber here. Hurts, an Alabama transfer, attempts to become the third consecutive Lincoln Riley QB drafted first overall. The best prospect in this game may just be redshirt sophomore center, Creed Humphrey. Humphrey is the only returning starter on the Sooner’s OL that saw four players drafted in 2019. He is athletic and powerful and could easily be a top-15 prospect by year’s end.

9/2/2019       

Notre Dame @ Louisville 7 pm ESPN

59 C T.J. McCoy Louisville Sr 6’1 308
94 DL G.G. Robinson Louisville Sr 6’3 302
9 EDGE Daelin Hayes Notre Dame Sr 6’3 257
21 S Jalen Elliott Notre Dame Sr 6’1 205
83 WR Chase Claypool Notre Dame Sr 6’3 227
74 OT Liam Eichenberg Notre Dame Jr 6’5 308
53 EDGE Khalid Kareem Notre Dame Sr 6’3 265
42 EDGE Julian Okwara Notre Dame Jr 6’4 241
22 LB Asmar Bilal Notre Dame Sr 6’1 225
5 CB Troy Pride Notre Dame Sr 5’11 190
11 S Aloha Gilman Notre Dame Jr 5’11 202

The Irish are loaded on defense led by edge rusher Julian Okwara. Offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg has been mentioned as potential Round One player in some circles.

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