Rivals National Columnist Mike Farrell is right here with a couple of quarterbacks to look at as starters get nervous, some early awards for the ACC, Pac-12 and Big 12 and the scariest sport looming for high 10 groups.
With a lot erratic quarterback play and accidents it’s time to get to know a couple of backup names you may not be acquainted with. Here’s some assist.
Taisun Phommachanh, Clemson — D.J. Uiagalelei has struggled and the fan base is a bit spoiled at quarterback due to Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence so keep watch over this backup who is not any slouch.
We all know the way a lot I really like awards so why not break down the Power Five after each crew has performed at the least three video games? Today I check out the ACC, Pac-12 and Big 12. Here you go.
Armstrong leads the nation in passing yards per sport (432.7) and is fourth in effectivity ranking (188.7) after some actually large video games. Preseason favorites Sam Howell and DJ Uiagelelei have each had some clunkers of their first few weeks, and Armstrong has but to have a foul sport. Will he stick with it?
As a lot as I wished to place DE Jermaine Johnson from Florida State right here for main the nation in sacks, I am unable to give it to a participant who performs for an 0-3 crew. Kancey although has graded out as PFF’s greatest defender within the convention and has anchored one other very robust line of defense for Pitt.
Even with the Hurricanes off to a disappointing begin, Rambo has been excellent for them. The former Oklahoma Sooner has instantly stepped in as WR1 and leads the crew in catches, yards and touchdowns.
Shipley has assumed the highest place within the Tigers’ backfield and has been as much as the duty to date, exhibiting off the flexibility that we noticed in him as a recruit. With Lyn-J Dixon saying his switch, count on the younger tailback to get much more touches transferring ahead.
The true freshman cornerback has stepped in as an instantaneous starter and helped lead a Syracuse squad that ranks fourth within the nation in whole protection. He leads the Orange in each passes defended and interceptions, and appears like he might be an all-conference degree participant sooner or later.
Coach of the Year: Dave Clawson, Wake Forest
The man who persistently does extra with much less, Clawson has Wake Forest as one of many few groups that hasn’t dissatisfied to date this season, as it’s off to a 3-0 begin and positioned to make one more run towards the highest of the convention.
I don’t care what individuals are saying after a foul sport one in opposition to Virginia Tech, his inventory isn’t dropping. Why? It’s the way you bounce again that’s key and Howell has proven how ticked off he was with that efficiency by dominating within the air and on the bottom. He’s nonetheless very a lot within the operating for QB1.
Ekwonu performs deal with on the school degree however could kick into guard on the subsequent degree. Either means, he is been dominant to date this season, grading out because the convention’s high offensive lineman in line with PFF permitting one strain in 119 pass-blocking snaps. He got here into school comparatively uncooked however has gotten higher and higher yearly, taking part in with excellent energy and bettering approach.
This hasn’t been a very good begin for the previous five-star quarterback and the Clemson offense appears anemic. He must assume much less and simply play his sport.
Verdell was the largest cause that the Ducks have been capable of pull off one of many largest victories of the season at Ohio State, main the crew in speeding and whole yards, and being usually unstoppable. With extra performances like that within the Ducks’ upcoming large video games, he might be in line for lots of awards.
Even with the Bruins’ disappointing loss to Fresno State, UCLA’s protection is lightyears forward of the place it was over the previous few seasons, and Agude is without doubt one of the largest causes. He’s been disruptive off of the sting, main the convention in QB pressures and receiving PFF’s high defensive grade amongst all defenders.
Charbonnet has joined up with Brittain Brown in Westwood to create the most effective backfield tandems within the nation. He’s a giant play ready to occur, and sits third within the convention in speeding yards and second in touchdowns, whereas additionally grading out as PFF’s high tailback within the Pac-12.
Not a ton to select from right here, so let’s go together with the man who stepped in final week and lit up Washington State. He appears like a vet on the market and if Kedon Slovis struggles upon his return from damage, we would have a real QB controversy on our palms.
Wyrick is already one of many high cowl corners within the convention, permitting solely a 40 p.c completion fee for six.8 yards per reception when he is thrown at.
Coach of the Year: Mario Cristobal, Oregon
While Oregon was the preseason favourite, by three weeks they’re the one undefeated crew within the convention and have arguably the largest win of anybody on the season of their upset over Ohio State again in Week 2. We already knew that he was an ideal recruiter, however he is now exhibiting that he is received the in-game chops to be thought of among the many greatest within the nation.
Yes, he received injured and hasn’t performed in two weeks, however that does not change the truth that he’ll undoubtedly be a top-five choose this spring. If you created a modern-day move rusher in a lab, he appears and performs like Thibodeaux.
London got here into the season with some Mike Evans comparisons and has lived as much as that as he seems to be battling for WR1 proper now with many others. His measurement and size are coveted.
Daniels has extra picks than touchdowns to date for the Sun Devils and has had some ups and downs. When he’s operating properly he’s struggling to throw it appears and he’s much less environment friendly with the ball early.
The diminutive tailback leads the Big 12 in each speeding yards and touchdowns and has been the important thing to a Wildcats offense that’s but once more with out the oft-injured Skylar Thompson. Vaughn makes this offense go and has Kansas State out to a 3-0 begin with good wins over Stanford and Nevada.
With Oklahoma’s offense not precisely in the identical place that it has been over the previous few seasons, Bonitto has stepped up and helped the protection preserve Oklahoma in each sport. He has three sacks already and leads the convention in QB hurries and PFF defensive grade.
Williams leads the Sooners in landing catches and is third in yards behind Marvin Mims and Jadon Haselwood. He’s already flashed potential as a future first-rounder, and has loads of alternatives to shine within the Sooners’ wide-open offense. He ought to solely get higher because the season goes alongside and he will get extra comfy with Spencer Rattler.
Not a ton to select from right here, and for me, it comes right down to Murphy and Ethan Downs at Oklahoma, however Downs has Bonitto taking over a lot of the consideration of opposing offensive traces. Murphy has been an integral a part of the line of defense rotation for the Longhorns, and has offered a much-needed move rusher from the inside, in addition to being disruptive in opposition to the run.
Coach of the Year: Chris Kleiman, Kansas State
Despite one more damage to Skylar Thompson, Kleiman has the Wildcats undefeated getting into convention play and has completed a unbelievable job taking part in to his crew’s strengths. Yet once more, the entire is best than the sum of the elements in Manhattan and so they might make a run to the convention title sport if all the things breaks proper for them.
Despite a few early-season struggles, he is nonetheless my QB1 for this spring’s draft based mostly on arm expertise and his skill to make all of the throws and add a component of escapability together with his legs. No must overthink this one.
He’s not close to a first-round grade but however he’s climbing with some stable tackling and the power to make performs within the opposing backfield.
Did anybody count on three touchdowns and three picks and being benched already this season from the veteran quarterback? I didn’t.
Big video games loom for all the highest groups. Here are those I’m for the present high 10.