Week One wrapped up with every FBS squad getting their seasons underway. I watched 7 games on Saturday and Sunday and came away with a few observations about the prospects that participated in them.
HURTS DON’T IT
Jalen Hurts looked more comfortable throwing the football Sunday night than any game I ever saw him play at Alabama. The grad transfer completed 20 of 23 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns. Hurts also ran 16 times for 176 yards and three scores. It was an amazing debut for the new Sooner’s signal-caller.
Hurts was not the only Oklahoma player that looked great against Houston. Linebacker Kenneth Murray was a wild man for the Sooner defense. Murray blazed all around the field, finishing with 13 tackles (2.5 TFL).
The best interior lineman in this draft class will probably end up being Oklahoma redshirt sophomore center, Creed Humphrey. Humphrey is the only returning starter on the offensive line. He is a mauler. Humphrey punishes defenders. He moves so easily on the field.
Georgia junior RB D’Andre Swift looked every bit how we expected him to look. Swift has remarkable vision and burst. He finished the game against Vanderbilt with 149 yards on the ground. Before the season is over, I would love to see Georgia feature him in the passing game more.
BENTLEY BAD TO WORSE
South Carolina senior quarterback Jake Bentley had one of the worst games of his career when you factor in expectations heading into the season. Bentley reportedly had improved his mechanics over the summer, even winning the Manning Passing Academy QB Challenge. As a QB with 33 career starts you also wouldn’t expect him to continue to make the same mistakes he made as a true freshman. Against the Tar Heels, Bentley continued to be erratic and careless. He finished the game with 142 yards one TD and two interceptions.
The game got worse for Bentley. On the last offensive play, he took a sack and suffered a mid-foot sprain that could require surgery. If no surgery is needed, he could be back in 6-8 weeks.
OTHER NOTES FROM WEEK ONE
Oregon QB Justin Herbert didn’t do anything against Auburn to make me feel any less about him as a top QB in the 2020 NFL Draft. Herbert showed off his cannon right arm and was fairly accurate most of the game. However, in the second half, the Tiger pass rush made things uneasy for the senior. I would like to see him better handle the pressure.
One of the players wreaking havoc on Oregon was Auburn senior defensive lineman Derrick Brown. Brown was tossing future NFL draft picks around like rag dolls. One game in and Brown has all the makings of a top-15 player.
Until next time…