Welcome back! We have made it to our first full weekend of college football! If you’re new to this article, the goal is to bring you the top dynasty prospects to watch in nationally televised college football games. It’s never too early to take a look forward. Who are going to be the sleepers of upcoming rookie drafts? Check back here every week for my ‘Weekly Watch’ series before you head into the weekend. Use this article each week as a place to refer back to as you get ready to watch each game.
How this article works:
I’ll give you the network, time, and teams playing in nationally televised games. Below that, I’ll list the respective schools’ prospects that are, in my opinion, worth mentioning, their position, the year they are eligible to enter the NFL Draft, and their listed heights and weights.
Feel free to reach out on Twitter (@tristancook_) if you have players you think deserve to be mentioned in next week’s article. But, hopefully, this will give you a few names to monitor throughout the year.
#4 Ohio State @ Minnesota
Thursday, 9/2 | 8:00 PM ET, FOX
#4 Ohio State
CJ Stroud #7, QB 2023 (6’3, 215)
There are big Justin Fields-sized shoes to fill for the Buckeyes, and sophomore QB CJ Stroud will get the first crack at filling that role. Before 2022 top recruit Quinn Ewers decided to reclassify to the 2021 class, he was quite the hot commodity. His reclassification has left Stroud’s future a bit uncertain. But, Stroud was a highly ranked recruit in his own right (#42), and has more experience in the OSU offense. I am excited to see how he performs, and if he will be able to keep Ewers on the sideline all year or not.
Chris Olave #2, WR 2022 (6’1, 188)
A familiar and somewhat unsurprising name to still see on the Ohio State roster is WR Chris Olave. Many people, myself included, expected to see him declare in 2021. Instead, Olave decided to return to Columbus and try to improve on his draft grade. He now comes in as one of the top WRs in the nation with an offense that should be quite potent. Olave should be fun to watch this year.
Garrett Wilson #5, WR 2022 (6’0, 193)
Next, we have Garrett Wilson. For all the praise I gave Olave, Wilson may actually be the better of the two WRs. Wilson trailed Olave in catches by seven but only had six fewer receiving yards. He really is a great all-around WR prospect. He is smooth in his route running, he is explosive after the catch, and he will go up and get the ball. I am expecting a big year from Wilson in 2022. He could easily be a first-round pick in rookie drafts in 2022.
TreVeyon Henderson #32, RB 2024 (5’10, 210)
The final Buckeye I will be watching is freshman TreyVeon Henderson. He may not actually get to see the field much in this game, but he is a sensational RB prospect that will likely make an impact sooner rather than later for OSU. Henderson is a name you’ll be very familiar with in the coming years.
Mohamed Ibrahim #24, RB 2022 (5’10, 210)
There’s really only one guy I’ll be focused on for the Golden Gophers, and that is senior RB Mohamed Ibrahim. Ibrahim was nearly the entire Minnesota offense in 2020, totaling 1076 yards on 201 carries and 15 TDs. He has been an incredibly productive back in his career and has a chance to be a mid-late round pick in the NFL draft. He could have a role at the next level in the right situation. But, right now, he’s at worst a productive back for Campus to Canton leagues.
#10 North Carolina @ Virginia Tech
Friday, 9/3 | 6:00 PM ET, ESPN
#10 North Carolina
Sam Howell #7, QB 2022 (6’1, 220)
There aren’t a ton of top-tier names in this game aside from potentially the first name we will hear called in the 2022 NFL Draft, QB Sam Howell. He still has a long way to go to lock up the top position, but as of now, he’s on the short list with Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler. I am most excited to watch how Howell will play without his top-4 weapons from 2020. He will be without WRs Dyami Brown and Dazz Newsome and RBs Javonte Williams and Michael Carter. This year, North Carolina has a decent stable of weapons at Howell’s disposal, but it’ll be interesting to see how he spreads the ball around after losing 159 of the team’s 244 receptions.
Khafre Brown #1, WR 2023 (6’0, 185)
The top returning target for Howell is sophomore, Khafre Brown. Brown did average an astonishing 22.5 yards/catch last year but only managed to haul in 15 passes. If Howell is going to have a big season, it will likely be in large part due to contributions from Brown.
Kamarro Edmonds #33, RB 2024 (6’0, 230)
The final player to note for UNC is freshman running back and a nightmare to tackle, Kamarro Edmonds. For his size, Edmonds moves well and can come out of the backfield to catch passes nicely. He will likely need to work his way into a bigger role but remember his name as the season wears on.
Tre Turner #11, WR 2022 (6’2, 187)
The guy to know on the Hokies side of the ball is junior WR Tre Turner. He isn’t on the level of some of the top WRs in the country, but Turner is one of the best weapons that VA Tech has and has put up a nice career in Blacksburg. I expect to see him targeted early and often for this offense as they try to keep up with UNC.
#2 Oklahoma @ Tulane
Saturday, 9/4 | 12:00 PM ET, ABC
Eric Gray #0, RB 2022 (5’9, 205)
There is an exciting new weapon for Lincoln Riley and the Sooners in 2021: Tennessee transfer Eric Gray. Gray will step into the lead back role for Oklahoma after spending two years playing for the Vols. He showed impressive ability between the tackles as well as a receiver out of the backfield. I can’t wait to watch him in this offense. I don’t think he’s quite on the same level as the top guys in the projected 2022 class, but he’s not much behind them.
Marvin Mims #17, WR 2023 (5’11, 177)
The next name for OU is Marvin Mims. He was far and away the best WR for the Sooners in 2020, and he was a freshman. He should be even better this year and will be pushing to be the top WR in the 2023 class. The only negative thing I can say about him is that he still has a long time to declare, so it’ll be good to see how he can manage the expectations.
Spencer Rattler #7, QB 2022 (6’1, 205)
The last name on the list for Oklahoma is the most well known, QB Spencer Rattler. He struggled at times in 2020 but overall had a good year, completing 67.5% of his passes for over 3000 yards, 28 TDs, with only seven INTs. He added another six rushing TDs as well. Rattler is probably the odds on favorite to be the top overall pick in 2022. I certainly am a fan of his and am excited to see him in year two.
#19 Penn State @ #12 Wisconsin
Saturday, 12/19 | 4:00 PM ET, ABC
#19 Penn State
Noah Cain #21, RB 2022 (5’10, 220)
The first name on the Nittany Lions side of the ball to watch is Noah Cain. He only saw three carries in 2020 before an injury ended his season early. He has since rehabbed fully and is ready to regain his hype as a top-100 recruit in 2019. After significant injuries, it is always interesting to see how quickly someone can return, so I’ll be watching him closely against Wisconsin.
Jahan Dotson #5, WR 2022 (5’11, 184)
The other player to watch is WR Jahan Dotson. I have been a big fan of Dotson’s for a few years now. Last year, he was Penn State’s best weapon, averaging 17 yards/catch on 52 catches with eight TDs. He also made one of the catches of the year last year against Ohio State. Dotson will once again be called on to be a big part of this offense, and I am excited to see what he can do.
Jalen Berger #8, RB 2023 (6’0, 203)
The Badgers side of the ball has two enticing prospects as well. The first is one of the top RBs in the potential 2023 class, Jalen Berger. He is a former 4-star RB from New Jersey that has given us glimpses that he could be the next great Wisconsin RB. I may be a little more bullish on Berger than others, but he should run wild behind this offensive line in 2021.
Jake Ferguson #84, TE 2022 (6’5, 244)
The other name of note is senior TE Jake Ferguson. He has been a consistent weapon for Wisconsin and has turned into one of the better TEs in the country. At 6’5″, he has the frame to be a weapon at the next level. And he has shown the talent to do so as well. He won’t put up outstanding numbers in this offense but could be a name to know in the NFL.
#1 Alabama vs. #14 Miami
Saturday, 9/4 | 3:30 PM ET, ABC
Bryce Young #9, QB 2023 (6’3, 214)
Another year, another crop of incredibly talented players for the Crimson Tide. This year’s iteration includes sophomore signal-caller Bryce Young. Young takes over for newly named starting QB for the Patriots, Mac Jones. He played decently in limited relief duty last year, but Young will have all the pressure this year as he takes over the top spot. I expected him to be well-coached and prepared for Miami. He will likely show us what made him the second overall recruit in last year’s class.
John Metchie III #8, WR 2022 (6’0, 195)
The next player for Alabama is John Metchie III. He quietly had quite an impressive season in his first real action at the collegiate level. He was obviously overshadowed by DeVonta Smith and his Heisman season. But, Metchie filled in well for Jaylen Waddle after his injury and put up impressive numbers. He should be one of the main targets this year, so we will see if he can build on that success.
JoJo Earle #10, WR 2024 (5’10, 170)
The last name I will mention is freshman WR JoJo Earle. Earle is an undersized WR but makes up for his lack of height in explosiveness and athleticism. I normally wouldn’t mention a freshman for Alabama because they seem to bring in many top recruits every year. But he looks like he will be seeing a decent amount of action in his first year. I can’t wait to see him take the field.
D’Eriq King #1, QB 2022 (5’11, 195)
One of the most exciting players in all of college football is Miami QB D’Eriq King. He is one of the fastest and most athletic players on any field he touches. King completed 64.1% of his passes for nearly 2,700 yards in his first year for Miami. He added another 500+ rushing yards and will look to build on that this year.
Cam’Ron Harris #23, RB 2022 (5’10, 210)
The main guy on the ground for the Hurricanes is Cam’Ron Harris. He didn’t quite have the year that he hoped for in 2020. It wasn’t terrible but was only marginally better than his 2019 season. I think Harris has an outside shot at being a mid-round pick in the NFL draft but will need to do quite a bit to get there.
Charleston Rambo #11, WR 2022 (6’1, 185)
The last name for the Hurricanes is a new one in Coral Gables. Charleston Rambo turned in the plains of Oklahoma for the beaches of Miami and now calls the Hurricanes his team. Rambo went into the 2020 season being mentioned as a potential first-round NFL pick. He had a disappointing season in Norman and chose to try to recoup some of his value with some new scenery. I was a fan of Rambo, so it will be good to see how he does against the best competition in the country.
#23 Louisiana @ #21 Texas
Saturday, 9/4 | 4:30 PM ET, FOX
Levi Lewis #1, QB 2022 (5’10, 184)
The Ragin’ Cajuns lost a massive part of their offense from last year with the departures of Trey Ragas and Elijah Mitchell to the NFL. The main man to watch here is senior QB, Levi Lewis. He only completed 59.6% of his passes last year but was good enough to lead Louisiana to a 10-1 record and a top 25 ranking. He doesn’t have much pro potential, but he could give them a battle if Texas isn’t careful.
Bijan Robinson #5, RB 2023 (6’0, 214)
The main player to watch on either side of the ball is sophomore RB Bijan Robinson. He has become a highly touted devy asset and has all the makings of a top-tier NFL prospect. Robinson ran for 703 yards on only 86 carries last year and displayed incredible elusiveness and patience. Look for him to build on an impressive 2020 and position himself near the top of the 2023 class.
Xavier Worthy #8, WR 2024 (6’1, 160)
The next player of note for the Longhorns is freshman WR Xavier Worthy. He had quite an interesting recruiting timeline which saw him commit several times to the University of Michigan. Worthy ended up asking out of his letter of intent and decided to take his talents to Texas. He was a 4-star recruit and the #8 WR in the 2021 class, so he brings in high hopes. Worthy has incredible speed and can take the ball to the house any time he touches it. It should be interesting to see how new Texas coach Steve Sarkisian utilizes him.
Joshua Moore #6, WR 2022 (6’1, 168)
The final prospect for Texas is their leading WR from 2020, Joshua Moore. Moore has some previous off-the-field issues but has seemed to get those rectified. He led the team but only had 472 yards last year. In this new, more pass-happy offense that we expect to see with Sark, I expect to see Moore put up much loftier numbers. He could be a sneaky guy to watch this year.
#5 Georgia vs. #3 Clemson
Saturday, 9/4 | 7:30 PM ET, ABC
JT Daniels #18, QB 2022 (6’3, 210)
The Georgia Bulldogs have some of the best top-end talents at every position in the country. It starts with former USC QB, JT Daniels. Daniels transferred to Georgia after tearing his ACL and then losing his job to Kedon Slovis. After recovering fully, he took over the starting job in mid-November of last year for the Dawgs and didn’t look back. He completed 67.2% of his passes for 1,231 yards, 10 TDs, and a pair of INTs. He also didn’t lose a game. Daniels could end up playing his way into the first round discussion this year. He could also end up returning to school for another year. It’ll be good to see how he responds to a full season.
Zamir White #3, RB 2022 (6’0, 215)
The next Bulldog has one of the coolest nicknames in all of college football. Zamir “Zeus” White is finally fully healthy and ready to roll after recovering from multiple knee injuries early in his playing career. White was a 5-star recruit and the top RB in his class and is finally getting back to the dominant form that so many scouts were excited about. I have long been a fan of Zamir and want to see if he builds on his good 2020.
George Pickens #1, WR 2022 (6’3, 200) ***INJURED***
Another Georgia player, another player with a significant knee injury. This time, it is former 5-star WR recruit George Pickens. He is recovering from tearing his ACL in March of 2021. He is making solid progress but still has some significant time before we see him on a field. One of the recent updates from HC Kirby Smart can be found here.
Arik Gilbert #14, WR/TE 2023 (6’5, 248) ***AWAY***
One of the most mysterious situations in college football surrounds former LSU TE turned Georgia WR, Arik Gilbert. Gilbert left the Tigers program and was reported to be going to the University of Florida before ending up with the Bulldogs. Unfortunately, we won’t see Arik Gilbert in this game, and frankly, we don’t really know when we will see him again. Smart said he is away from the program dealing with an undisclosed personal issue. I will address his significant on-field impact whenever there is some clarity, but in the meantime, whatever his personal issue may be, I certainly wish him nothing but the best.
DJ Uiagalelei #5, QB 2023 (6’5, 250)
This Clemson roster will look a lot different than it did last year. Trevor Lawrence is now in Jacksonville, and it is DJ Uiagalelei’s turn to take over the offense. He played quite well in 2020, filling in for Lawrence, who missed time with COVID. He will be without the services of the top two WRs and leading rusher from 2020, so it will be interesting to see how he performs. Uiagalelei still has plenty of weapons to use but will have a tough test against a good opponent in Georgia.
Justyn Ross #8, WR 2022 (6’4, 205)
One player that he may not have been counting on is WR Justyn Ross. Ross is once again fully healthy and ready to take the field. He was a top prospect heading into the 2020 season but was forced to miss the entire season with a neck and spinal issue. You can read more about it here. He was the leading WR in 2019 and will likely again fill the top target’s role in this offense. It’ll be great to see him back on a football field.
#16 LSU vs. UCLA
Saturday, 9/4 | 8:30 PM ET, FOX
Kayshon Boutte #1, WR 2023 (6’0, 190)
The LSU roster has been gutted of the top talent that led them to the 2019 national title. They still have good players, but not like the level of talent that we saw on that team. One of the bright spots on their roster last year that we get to see here is sophomore Kayshon Boutte. He led the team in receiving yards despite having 3 fewer catches than Houston Texans draft pick Terrace Marshall. Boutte is an incredibly explosive WR and will be fun to watch this season.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson #1, QB 2022 (6’1, 205)
One of the few teams that have already played this year is UCLA. In their first game, the Bruins were able to handle the Rainbow Warriors from Hawaii easily. However, DTR didn’t exactly have the greatest game under center. He only completed 50% of his passes for 130 yards and one TD. He didn’t need to do too much but will need to play a lot better than that against LSU if the Bruins want to win.
Greg Dulcich #85, TE 2022 (6’4, 245)
Another player that underwhelmed in the season opener was TE Greg Dulcich. He only hauled in one pass for 15 yards. Dulcich was targeted a few times but had a pretty quiet day overall. I’m not too concerned as he will likely be heavily involved in this game where I expect the Bruins to throw the ball a lot more than 20 times.
Zach Charbonnet #24, RB 2022 (6’1, 220)
One player had a big game for UCLA last week, and that is Zach Charbonnet. If the name is familiar, it is because he is a transfer from the University of Michigan. He only carried the ball six times last week but tallied 106 yards and three TDs. That’s obviously not going to repeat itself, but he’s a name to remember to see if he can regain some of his hype from 2019.
#9 Notre Dame vs. Florida State
Sunday, 9/5 | 7:30 PM ET, ABC
#9 Notre Dame
Kyren Williams #23, RB 2022 (5’9, 195)
There are several good players on the Fighting Irish roster, but the top one of them all is RB Kyren Williams. In his first season as the starter, Williams ran for 1125 yards on 211 carries with 13 TDs. He also added 35 catches out of the backfield, demonstrating more than sufficient ability as a receiver. Williams should have a shot to be in the top group of RBs whenever he chooses to declare.
Michael Mayer #87, TE 2023 (6’4, 251)
There is one more name that I will note here, and that is sophomore TE Michael Mayer. He was tied for the team lead in receptions in 2020 and second in receiving yards. Mayer is a promising TE prospect that will need to develop but can create mismatches that NFL teams covet from the position. I expect him to be heavily involved once again this year.
Jashaun Corbin #0, RB 2023 (6’0, 221)
The main guy to watch for this rebuilding Florida State football team is sophomore Jashaun Corbin. He was the team’s top RB in 2020 with 401 yards on 81 carries and five TDs. He will likely be heavily involved in the offense on Sunday for the Seminoles. I don’t know how great a prospect I think he is at the next level, but he still has time to develop.
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