Week seven of college football featured quite a few hotly contested games and some very impressive performances by NFL prospects. Who stood out, however, was Florida’s talented cornerback, Quincy Wilson. I highlighted Wilson’s teammate, Teez Tabor, a few weeks ago as potential first round cornerback, but Wilson might have similar star power. He certainly showed out last week.
While Teez Tabor’s skillset is predicated on his athletic ability, Wilson is a bigger bodied corner (6-1, 219) who plays with incredible physicality. He has been lock down this season and against Mizzou, he smothered opposing receivers. His awareness in coverage allowed him to house a poorly thrown pass to cap off his excellent day in coverage.
It will be interesting to see the dichotomy between Tabor and Wilson’s play for the rest of the season and how much the NFL likes either. The reality is they are both talented, but are winning in different ways. The talented duo will be exciting to watch as they get deeper into conference play and have to take on some of the more talented receivers in the country.
Other performances of note…
JT Barrett, QB, Ohio State: Barrett did not have the video game numbers that usually land players on this list, but his play against Wisconsin goes well beyond the Box Score. The Badgers have one of the best defenses in the country and Barrett remained poised the whole night, moving the ball consistently through the air and on the ground. What was most impressive was how aggressive he got at times and how crisp his deep ball looked, albeit he had some dimes dropped by receivers. Barrett has been incredibly impressive this season and could put himself in the discussion as a top five quarterback in this class.
Carlos Henderson, WR, LaTech: Speaking of video game numbers, Carlos Henderson posted three HUNDRED twenty six receiving yards and FIVE touchdown catches against UMass. Sure, Henderson was not exactly taking on the best of the best, but those numbers are crazy regardless of opponent. This is also coming a week after the 5-11, 190 pound receiver posted 232 yards and three touchdowns on WKU. So yeah, over 550 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in two weeks is something to keep an eye on.
Donnell Pumphrey, RB, SDSU: If you have yet to hear about SDSU’s star running back, perk your ears up. The fourth year runner may be smaller at 5-9 and only 180 pounds, but the country’s leading rusher is one of the most prolific runners in NCAA history. Despite his diminutive stature, Pumphrey’s thick build and low running makes him a bit of bowling ball for runners and his combination of speed and agility make him a home run threat on any given down. Pumprhey posted 220 yards against Fresno State this past weekend, which was 60 yards less than his season high and his third 200 yard game of the season. Pumphrey is truly a do it all back, so it would be unwise to discount him for his size.
Jarvion Franklin, RB, WMU: Western Michigan’s premier player is their receiver, Corey Davis, who would not be a surprising first round selection this upcoming spring. However, that offense has another star in their 230 pound running back, Jarvion Franklin. Franklin had a monster game this weekend, running for over 280 yards against Akron. Franklin is a strong, punishing runner, but also has good long speed to make him difficult to bring down once he gets to the open field. This running back class is absolutely stacked, but do not let Franklin get lost among the shuffle.