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Week 1 Small School Top Performers | Presented by the Hula Bowl

Week 1 Small School Top Performers | Presented by the Hula Bowl
Week 1 Small School Top Performers | Presented by the Hula Bowl

The Hula Bowl will be played in Orlando, Florida on January 13th, 2024 and is televised on CBS Sports. The scouts of NFL Draft Diamonds have worked for the past three years as the scouting staff for the Hula Bowl. We are excited to get the 2023-24 season underway, and had scouts in attendance to twenty plus games this week. With tons of great football games in the NCAA this week, we wanted to break down several of the Top Performers in the Small Schoolers that would have eligibility to play in our game. Let’s break down some of the best performances from week 1.

Jacob Dobbs, LB, Holy Cross – Jacob is a machine that finished his week 1 performance with 20 tackles. The senior linebacker was all over the place and plays with so much tenacity. Dobbs had a great week 1 against Merrimack, but the real test will come next week when they take on Boston College.

Jalen Jackson, RB, Villanova – Jackson had a huge week on just 8 carries. The Villanova star finished with 144 yards and two carries on the 8 runs. That is an amazing week for the 5’9, 220 pound back.

MJ Wright, WR, Fordham – The speedy wide receiver from New Jersey had another great week. He finished with 96 yards on 8 receptions, and hauled in two touchdowns. Wright looks like an NFL prospect and has great deep ball skills.

Jake Breitbach, WR, Gustavus Adolphus – A D3 wide out that went ham this weekend was Jake Breitbach. the 6’2 wide out had 13 receptions for 235 yards and 4 touchdowns. He looked like a super hero on the filed for the Gusties.

Tristan Wheeler, LB, Richmond – Wheeler had a great week even though the Spiders fell to HBCU foe Morgan State 17-10. Wheeler racked up 17 tackles in the loss and looked possessed on the field. He was everywhere on the field trying to make a play for his defense.

Marcus Riley, WR, Florida A&M – I love special teams as a former specialist myself, and I feel we need to give Marcus Riley a huge shout out. Riley finished with 2 kick returns for 120 yards and 1 touchdown. The speedy wide out took the opening kickoff to the house for FAMU and helped the Rattlers strike fast. FAMU would go on to beat Jackson State in Miami.

Dylan Laube, RB, New Hampshire – Laube had one of the most impressive weekends in all of football. He finished with 89 yards rushing, 31 yards receiving, 58 yards on punt returns and 51 yards on kick offs. He racked up 229 total yards and scored three touchdowns.

Bobby Jackson, DB, Walsh – The 5’10 redshirt senior from Walsh had himself a week in coverage. He had more pass break-ups than tackles. He finished the game with 5 tackles and six pass break ups. Do not throw it towards #0!

Damond Talbot

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at

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