We have made it to another weekend with football! We might even be seeing more conferences playing games in the near future! 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. This year will be a little different than last because of all the unknowns we face. I will still be trying to highlight the players to watch, but we will likely be digging a little bit deeper with fewer games. Hopefully, this will give you a few names to monitor throughout the year.
South Carolina @ #3 Florida
Saturday, 10/3 | 12:00 PM ET, ESPN
Shi Smith #13, WR 2021 (5’10, 190)
On the Gamecocks side of the ball, the man to watch is senior WR Shi Smith. He was effectively the entire passing attack for South Carolina in their loss to Tennessee, accounting for 140 yards and a TD on 10 receptions. Smith is tough after the catch and isn’t afraid to over the middle. Let’s see if he can keep it up against Florida.
Kyle Trask #11, QB 2021 (6’5, 240)
Once again, the main two players to watch for UF are Trask and Pitts. Trask showed off his big arm as he dismantled Ole Miss last week, tallying 416 passing yards and an impressive 6 TDs. If he is able to keep up this type of impressive play, I would expect to see Trask move into the early round draft discussion. He has the size and tools. All he needs is consistency.
Kyle Pitts #84, TE 2021 (6’6, 240)
Unsurprisingly, the benefactor of Trask’s monster day against the Rebels was Kyle Pitts. He was nearly unstoppable for Florida, racking up 170 yards and 4 TDs on 8 catches. Coming into this season, it was Pat Freiermuth and then everyone else. But, Kyle Pitts is making a statement that he is gunning for the TE1 title. Pitts has everything you want in a dominant TE prospect.
Trevon Grimes #8, WR 2021 (6’4, 218)
One more name to keep in mind is WR Trevon Grimes. He is a big target for Trask, and has shown the ability to be physical after the catch as well as going up to haul in passes. He is someone I will continue to monitor. This WR class could provide a lot of depth with players like Grimes.
#13 Texas A&M @ #2 Alabama
Saturday, 10/3 | 3:30 PM ET, CBS
#13 Texas A&M
Isaiah Spiller #28, RB 2022 (6’1, 220)
For the Aggies, there are a couple of names to remember. First, we have RB Isiah Spiller. He isn’t a burner, but he has good contact balance and vision. He also has good speed for his size and can catch passes out of the backfield. I’ll be interested to see how he develops over the next two seasons.
Demond Demas #1, WR 2023 (6’3, 180)
A name to remember for the future is Demond Demas. He is a true freshman this year and has an extremely promising future. He was a 5-star recruit coming out of high school in Texas, and the 25th overall prospect. There is plenty of time to watch him develop, but I am excited for the things to come.
Jhamon Ausbon #2, WR 2021 (6’2, 225) ***OPT-OUT***
The final name to remember is Jhamon Ausbon. He chose to opt-out of the season, so we will not be seeing him suiting up for A&M. But, he is a name you will see come draft season, likely not until a bit later, but he is a very good route runner that can improve his draft stock in the pre-draft process.
Najee Harris #22, RB 2021 (6’2, 230)
On the Alabama side of the football, the players to watch remain the same. Alabama has an incredible amount of NFL talent, so I will try to stay focused on players eligible for 2021. The first of those is RB Najee Harris. He had a solid game against Missouri and is still firmly at the top of the 2021 RB board with the likes of Etienne and Hubbard.
Jaylen Waddle #17, WR 2021 (5’10, 182)
Next, we have WR Jaylen Waddle. He went off for 134 yards and two TDs and 134 yards receiving on 8 catches. He isn’t quite in the tier of Rondale Moore and Ja’Marr Chase, but Waddle is a very talented and incredibly fast WR. I am expecting another big day for him.
DeVonta Smith #6, WR 2021 (6’1, 175)
The other player to watch is #6, DeVonta Smith. His day wasn’t quite as prolific as Waddle, but 8/89/0 is still very good. I think Smith needs to continually prove that he can withstand the game’s physicality without injury concerns. His biggest knock is the thin frame, so adding a few pounds of muscle and making it through the season can really help him.
#12 North Carolina @ Boston College
Saturday, 10/3 | 3:30 PM ET, ABC
#12 North Carolina
Sam Howell #7, QB 2022 (6’1, 225)
In the Tar Heels’ win over Syracuse, Sam Howell flashed glimpses of what makes him such an exciting prospect. He threw for nearly 300 yards and completed nearly 75% of his passes. But, he also threw two INTs. I’m not concerned about it, and I fully expect Howell to have a big week against the Eagles.
Dyami Brown #2, WR 2021 (6’1, 185)
The two other players I’ll be watching are Howell’s top pass catchers from 2019, and Dyami Brown is the first one. Brown had a strong game against Syracuse, posting a 6/94/0 stat line. He is a very explosive playmaker that is fun to watch with the ball in his hands.
Dazz Newsome #5, WR 2021 (5’11, 190)
Howell’s other main target is Dazz Newsome. Dazz wasn’t able to do much against the Orange, struggling to a 2/25/0 game. I expect Howell to get him involved early and often this week. Dazz is a talented WR, and his future likely lies as a slot WR in the NFL, but he needs to be productive.
#17 Oklahoma State @ Kansas
Saturday, 10/3 | 3:30 PM ET, ESPN
Chuba Hubbard #30, RB 2021 (6’0, 208)
There are two players to watch for the Cowboys. First, we have RB Chuba Hubbard. You are likely very familiar with his name by now. He is in the top tier of RBs in this class. Unfortunately for Hubbard, his season hasn’t started as well as he would’ve liked. Despite being 2-0, Hubbard has only tallied 194 rushing yards. I’m not worried about his ability, though, and I expect him to get on track against KU.
Tylan Wallace #2, WR 2021 (6’0, 190)
The other player to watch is Tylan Wallace. He looked to be fully healthy after his torn ACL last year. He is off to a better start than Hubbard, but the entire Cowboys offense has struggled since Sanders was injured. It looks like we might see Sanders out there this week, so look for Wallace and the rest of the Oklahoma State offense to get on a roll.
Pooka Williams #1, RB 2021 (5’10, 170)
When the Jayhawks have the ball, the main player to watch is RB Pooka Williams. He’s been a favorite player of mine to watch for a few years now. He is electric with the ball in his hands. His future is most certainly as a player to get ‘manufactured’ touches in open space and let him try to make the most of it from there.
#7 Auburn @ #4 Georgia
Saturday, 10/3 | 7:30 PM ET, ESPN
Seth Williams #18, WR 2021 (6’3, 211)
The main name to remember for the Tigers is Seth Williams. He is an absolute monster for DBs to line up against. He had an impressive week against Kentucky, where he scored twice while also hauling in six catches for 112 yards. Williams profiles as a big physical WR that can dominate at the next level. I love watching him play.
Eli Stove #12, WR 2021 (6’0, 191)
Another guy to watch for Auburn is WR Eli Stove. He is about as opposite of a WR prospect compared to Seth Williams as you can get. His best ability is his speed, and he certainly knows how to utilize it. Stove had a solid game against Kentucky as well, posting a 4/55/1 receiving line. He doesn’t have the same ceiling as Williams, but he’s still talented.
Zamir White #3, RB 2022 (6’0, 215)
For Georgia, the two names I am most excited about are both actually 2022 prospects. So, there is still a lot of time for both of these guys. First, we have Zamir White. White looked like he would be the next in line top tier RB to come out of Georgia. As the 9th overall and top-ranked RB recruit, he had all the hype in the world. But, after two ACL tears, he has to prove himself. He started well against Arkansas when he rushed for 71 yards and a TD on only 13 attempts. I am a big fan of Zamir, so I will be watching him closely.
George Pickens #1, WR 2022 (6’3, 190)
The other big 2022 name on this roster is WR George Pickens. He also had a strong performance last game against the Razorbacks, with a stat line of 4/47/1. Pickens has the build of a WR1 at the NFL level, and as a former 5-star recruit, he also has the pedigree. He needs to continue to develop, but the sky’s the limit for Pickens.
#18 Oklahoma @ Iowa State
Saturday, 10/3 | 7:30 PM ET, ABC
Spencer Rattler #7, QB 2023 (6’0, 198)
Another year, another starting QB for Lincoln Riley and the Oklahoma Sooners offense, and another loss to K-State. Rattler showed plenty of promise in the Sooners loss against the Wildcats last week. And, he has plenty of time to continue to develop. Right now, he’s a player we should get to enjoy watching at the helm of the high-powered Sooners offense for a couple more years.
Charleston Rambo #14, WR 2021 (6’1, 179)
The draft-eligible WR to watch on this offense is Charleston Rambo. He has a lot of potential but is another WR whose frame is a bit undersized for an ideal WR. There are plenty of examples of players that can be successful with a thin frame, but my biggest concern for him is durability. He did find himself in the 1st round of Todd McShay’s mock draft before the season, so the hype is there. Keep an eye out for #14.
Brock Purdy #15, QB 2021 (6’1, 212)
We once again will see if Brock Purdy can take advantage of being in a nationally televised game. Saying he’s been inconsistent would be putting it kindly so far in 2020. Against TCU, he completed nearly 80% of his passes, but also made one of the worst plays I’ve ever seen a QB make. As I’ve said, the tools are there, but it’s on him to prove he deserves to be considered early in the draft rather than late.
Breece Hall #28, RB 2022 (6’1, 215)
Conversely, Breece Hall looked amazing against the Horned Frogs. He posted an 18/155/3 rushing line and looked dominant. The biggest knock I have against him is that I have to wait until at least 2022 before he is drafted. But, the more Breece Hall I see on my TV, the happier I usually tend to be.
Chase Allen #11, TE 2021 (6’7, 240)
The final prospect to watch in this game is TE Chase Allen. He hasn’t done a lot this year in the receiving game, but I still think he has a chance to be one of the earlier TEs taken in the upcoming draft. He does everything well and is a massive target in the red zone. I also would be surprised to see fellow TE Charlie Kolar (6’6, 257) as a draft prospect if he declares. Keep your eyes out for Allen and Kolar (#88) when the Cyclones throw the ball.
That’s it for this week’s games. I will be previewing a handful of players each week going forward. As I previously mentioned, if there is anyone you’d like me to take a look at, or want to share your thoughts on anything dynasty related, hit me up on Twitter ( @tristancook_ ). Also, check out tape on some of these guys in the Dynasty Nerds Film Room. It’s an amazing tool that I plan to take full advantage of.
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