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Week 3 NCAA Prospects to Watch

Week 3
NCAA Football
Prospects to Watch

Week 3 prospect match ups presented by SportsRuckus. Follow them on twitter @SportsRuckus

Georgia tech vs Notre dame

White CB Vs Fuller WR

Hunt-Days DT Stanley OT

Gotsis DL Day DL

Milton CB Smith LB

Golden S Russell CB

A matchup I look forward to seeing which could also play a big part in who ends up winning this game is Notre Dame’s game breaking wide receiver Will Fuller vs Georgia Tech’s underrated CB DJ White. White is a well built, physical player that does a great job getting his hands on WR. He is best coming downhill on plays in front of him, his struggles come on plays where he is forced to turn & run. Fuller will test that in every way, he has the ability to make the fastest corners like they are standing still. He had struggled with drops in the past but he has been money so far this year. The new QB should be looking his way often.

S. Carolina @ Georgia

Cooper WR Theus OT

Shell OT Vs Floyd Edge

Adams TE Mitchell WR

Moore LB Jenkins Edge

South Carolina’s Brandon Shell is a massive OT who can move defenders when he engages them. His ability to move his feet & protect the edge will be tested this weekend by Georgia’s deep linebacking core which is headed by the athletic edge rusher Leonard Floyd. Floyd has the first-step explosiveness& length to cause major problems. The questions will come in the run game if he can anchor when Shell is able to get his hands on him.

Mississippi @Alabama

Treadwell WR Henry RB

Engram TE Drake RB

Core WR Howard TE

Nkemdiche DL Allen DE

Elston S Robinson DT

Connor S Ragland LB

In what should be the game of the day we get two teams loaded with future 1st round picks. There are a ton of players to watch but a matchup that I feel will have a huge impact on this game the unlikely match of two versatile weapons. Wow Ole Miss is extremely deep at wide receiver, Alabama is really young at the position, this can be supplemented by by spreading touches out all over the field to RB Kenyon Drake. Drake is a homerun hitter who can make plays out of the backfield as a runner and receiver. He also can line up wide and make plays. If a team tries to cover him with a linebackerit could be a long dayas evidenced by his 90 yard reception of vs Florida last year. Ole Miss may have the perfect player to match up with Drake in versatile safety Tony Connor. Connor is one of the new breed of linebacker sized safeties with cornerback like coverage skills. One of the few questions with him is overall speed which drake has a lot of. Can’t wait to watch these two playmakers on Saturday.

LSU @Auburn

Dural WR Johnson QB

Alexander G Williams WR

Hawkins OT Lawson DE

Beckwith LB McKinzy LB

White CB Jones CB

Few matchups are as exciting as a top WR vs a top CB. Auburn’s offense has struggled this year but for them to get going QB Jeremy Johnson must find WR Duke Williams early and often. Williams is a tough matchup due to his combination of size and above average speed for his size. He does a great job of using his body to hold the defender off and catching the ball away from his frame. What makes this matchup interesting is that he faces a CB that will be really tough for him to gain separation from but has had a hard time maneuvering around bigger receivers who have boxed him out in LSU CB Tredavious White. Last week in our featured WR/CB we had White vs Mississippi St WR Wilson. That matchup came out as a draw for pretty much the same reasons, Robinson couldn’t escape White but used his size to get going in the 2nd half. Williams will look to do the same.

Stanford @ USC

Hogan QB Kessler QB

McCaffrey RB Tuerk C

Cajuste WR Banner OT

Hooper TE Woods DT

Whitfield S Craven S/LB

I will try to keep this one short and sweet. I preferred to watch as little of Stanford’s offense as possible. Last season was rough for quarterback Kevin Hogan, his strange release and inaccuracy has dropped him down, if not off most draft boards. The QB that scouts will be watching is USC’s Cody Kessler. Kessler’s biggest strengths are his accuracy, anticipation and decision making. It helps that he has led a pro style offense. Scouts biggest issues with him are his lack of prototypical QB size and arm strength, leading many to view him as a game manager at best. This game against what is usually a solid Stanford defense will give Cody a chance to show that he is capable of making some NFL throws.

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