We did it! Football is back and hopefully here to stay! 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 with fewer games, we will likely be digging a little bit deeper. Hopefully this will give you a few names to monitor throughout the year.
Syracuse @ #18 North Carolina
Saturday, 9/12 | 12:00 PM ET, ACC Network
Taj Harris #3, WR 2021 (6’2, 164)
For Syracuse, the name to keep in mind is WR Taj Harris. Harris has posted mediocre numbers in his first two seasons, but he will be looking for a significantly bigger role in 2020 as many of the pass catchers from the 2019 squad have moved on. Watch for #3 when Syracuse has the ball.
#18 North Carolina
Sam Howell #7, QB 2022 (6’1, 225)
On the North Carolina side of the ball, Sam Howell is on the short list for top QBs in the 2022 class. There are still a lot of things that will happen between now and that time, so plenty can change. But he had a very strong freshman season for the Tar Heels and has vaulted himself into the discussion for potential top of the draft QBs. I’m excited to watch him develop.
Dyami Brown #2, WR 2021 (6’1, 185)
One of Howell’s favorite targets in 2019 was Dyami Brown. He led the Tar Heels in yards and TDs last year and will be looking to take another step forward this season. His biggest concern is concentration drops, so look for him to hopefully improve in that area. But Brown is always a threat to take it to the house whenever he touches the ball.
Dazz Newsome #5, WR 2021 (5’11, 190)
On the other side, Sam Howell has Dazz Newsome. Newsome hauled in 72 passes for 1,018 yards last season, spending a significant amount of time in the slot. He is a more polished route runner than Brown, getting in and out of his breaks with ease. I am anticipating a big year for Dazz.
Louisiana @ #23 Iowa State
Saturday, 9/12 | 12:00 PM ET, ESPN
Elijah Mitchell #15, RB 2021 (5’11, 218)
When the Ragin’ Cajuns have the ball, the man to keep your eye on is RB Elijah Mitchell. He was an integral part of their offense last year, and will need to take on an even bigger role for them in 2020. Mitchell projects as a later round draft pick in the NFL, but if he performs well this year he has the potential to improve his stock.
#23 Iowa State
Brock Purdy #15, QB 2021 (6’1, 212)
There are two big names to focus on for the Cyclones. First, junior QB Brock Purdy comes into 2020 hearing his name mentioned as one of the QBs in the second tier of 2021 prospects. As of now, the top-3 QBs are Lawrence, Fields, and Trey Lance. But, the 4th QB to come off the board is still up in the air. Purdy will undoubtedly be trying to put himself in that position.
Breece Hall #28, RB 2022 (6’1, 215)
Next, we have RB Breece Hall. He isn’t eligible until the 2022 draft, but will most likely be one of the top names at the RB position. Hall played a huge role in the success of the Iowa State offense in 2019. He showed good speed and contact balance and even contributed a significant amount in the passing game. He is definitely a name to remember for 2022. Keep your eyes on #28 for the Cyclones.
Duke @ #10 Notre Dame
Saturday, 9/12 | 2:30 PM ET, NBC
Chase Brice #8, QB 2021 (6’2, 230)
Another QB name to keep in mind as a part of the 2nd tier of QBs in the upcoming draft is new Duke signal caller Chase Brice. Brice transferred from Clemson and is set to make his debut as the Blue Devils starting QB in 2020. There is a significant amount of unknowns regarding Brice, but he has some intriguing tools and upside. I’ll be keeping an eye on him in 2020.
Jalon Calhoun #5, WR 2022 (5’11, 185)
One other name of note is Jalon Calhoun, the sophomore WR for Duke. Calhoun was only a 3-star prospect coming out of high school in South Carolina, but in his freshman season he led Duke in receiving yards and touchdowns, and was second in catches. We have to wait until 2022 for him to be eligible, but he’s a name to remember.
#10 Notre Dame
Ian Book #12, QB 2021 (6’0, 206)
On the Notre Dame side of the ball, the main name to watch is senior QB Ian Book who accounted for 38 touchdowns in 2019. He likely profiles more as a late round QB pick as of now, but he has some potential for improvement. If the Fighting Irish play well in 2020, it will likely be because of a strong season from Book.
Georgia Tech @ Florida State
Saturday, 9/12 | 3:30 PM ET, ABC
Jahmyr Gibbs #21, RB 2023 (5’11, 200)
There are two players in this game that I will be watching, first is freshman RB Jahmyr Gibbs. He is not eligible until the 2023 draft, but I am very excited to get to see him on the field. Gibbs was a 4-star recruit that stayed home in Georgia and will look to make a name in the ACC. There’s plenty of time for you to become familiar with Gibbs, but if you have never heard of him before, consider yourself introduced.
Tamorrion Terry #5, WR 2021 (6’4, 210)
The other player to watch is redshirt junior WR Tamorrion Terry. I am incredibly excited to watch him play. He has been overshadowed by some of the elite names at WR who are projected to be a part of the 2021 class, but with many of them opting out of the season, he should get a chance to shine. Terry has the enticing combination of size and speed that is coveted by NFL GMs. If he plays well this year, he will likely be in the 1st round discussion come NFL Draft time.
#1 Clemson @ Wake Forest
Saturday, 9/12 | 7:30 PM ET, ABC
Trevor Lawrence #16, QB 2021 (6’6, 220)
We have made it to the primetime game for this week. And at the center of the biggest game is the Heisman front runner, Trevor Lawrence. You undoubtedly are familiar with Lawrence by now, so let’s just enjoy watching him play what most certainly is his final collegiate season.
Travis Etienne #9, RB 2021 (5’10, 205)
The next name to watch in this game is a bit of a surprise. I fully expected Travis Etienne to declare for the NFL draft in 2020, but he chose to return to Clemson for his senior season. It will be exciting to watch him this year, he has elite tools and will very likely be at the top of rookie drafts come next year.
Justyn Ross #8, WR 2021 (6’4, 205) ***INJURED***
The final name I will mention for the Tigers is WR Justyn Ross. He was routinely being mentioned as a top 2021 WR with the likes of Ja’Marr Chase, Rondale Moore, and Rashod Bateman. However, he had a potentially career threatening surgery this off-season and his future is very much unknown. The early reports are promising, but there is a ton of work before he gets back to the NFL Draft discussion.
Sage Surratt #14, WR 2021 (6’4, 218) ***OPT-OUT***
For the Demon Deacons, the name I would be watching is Sage Surratt. However, he will not be playing this year as he opted-out and is focusing on preparing for the NFL Draft. I am mentioning him here merely to make sure you are aware of his name as it will be popular come draft season.
Coastal Carolina @ Kansas
Saturday, 9/12 | 10:00 PM ET, FS1
Pooka Williams Jr. #1, RB 2021 (5’10, 170)
The final game of this week is Coastal Carolina visiting the Jayhawks. There is really only one player that I am excited about in this game, but since it is kicking off in the late night slot, I think it is worth mentioning. If you are choosing to keep your eyes open this late, (which you probably are if you are as excited about the return of football as I am), keep them on Pooka Williams Jr. He likely profiles as a slot WR or manufactured touch player at the next level, but he is electrifying to watch.
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!
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