Week Two featured an unlikely quarterback dual, a cornerback jumping on to my radar, and much more. Let’s get right into it.
SHOOTOUT AT THE DKR CORRAL
Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium witnessed a shootout Saturday night that before the season probably would not have been believable. LSU senior QB Joe Burrow continued his resurgence after week one. Burrow has shown a much better feel in the pocket and is displaying a better arm than he did in 2018. Burrow finished the Texas game with 471 yards passing and four scores. Three different LSU wide receivers had over 100 yards (a school record), including junior WR Justin Jefferson.
Burrow is elevating himself from fringe draftable to potential Top-100 pick. He almost assuredly will play in the Senior Bowl.
Burrow’s counterpart, Texas junior QB Sam Ehlinger had an awesome game as well. Ehlinger accounted for 461 yards of total offense and five scores. Ehlinger also looked night and day better from my initial summer viewing.
The other standout performance for Texas was from senior WR Devin Duvernay. Duvernay has mostly played on the outside in his career. In this game, Duvernay excelled out of the slot. He finished with 12 receptions for 154 yards and two scores.
Clemson junior corner A.J. Terrell looked outstanding against Texas A&M. Terrell has excellent length, has the speed to make up ground, and tackles well. He made several plays against the Aggies when they dared to challenge him.
Whether Terrell ultimately ends up as the top corner is debatable for sure. Of the corners I have studied so far in 2019 he is at the top along with Ohio State junior Jeffrey Okudah.
I am not ready to say such things quite yet, however, Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young is a monster. He terrorized the Bearcats all day. Young’s final stat line of three tackles and 1.5 sacks don’t do him justice. Young has Von Miller like speed and the bend off of the edge. I am not saying Chase Young is Von Miller but he could have that type of talent.
OTHER NOTES FROM WEEK TWO
Mississippi State LB Erroll Thompson may have been the best linebacker I watched this weekend. He has tremendous range and a feel for the football.
I watched Southern Miss for the sole purpose of watching offensive lineman Ty Pollard. Pollard was a starter at tackle a year ago. He started at right guard against Miss State, then moved to left guard, and then he disappeared sometime in the third quarter. Not sure if Pollard was injured or not. He was having a so-so day.
I also think we can close the book on pro prospect Arkansas QB Ben Hicks. The SMU grad transfer was benched for ineffectiveness by the Hogs against Ole Miss. He was replaced by Texas A&M grad transfer Nick Starkel. Starkel didn’t play much better.
Until next time…