Week three of the 2017 college football season is here! Today features a good slate of games and always with good games comes great opportunities for NFL draft prospects to boost their profile. Who should Eagles fans keep an eye on today?
- Courtland Sutton, Wide Receiver, SMU: Last week, SMU's 6'4", 220 pound receiver scored four touchdowns against North Texas. As awesome as that is, Sutton will face his first real test of the season today when he will take on TCU and their Gary Patterson defense (3:30 ET on ESPNU). Sutton is a physical receiver with size and speed but he will need to show he can dominate against Power Five teams to reassure people of his ability as a number one receiver prospect. [Read more about Sutton here.]
- John Kelly, Running Back, Tennessee: It's early in the season, but so far John Kelly looks like a more than capable replacement for Alvin Kamara in Tennessee. Kelly started the season with a four touchdown affair against Georgia Tech and was dominating and FCS school last week before Tennessee called off the dogs in the second half. Kelly is a short, stout and powerful runner with some wiggle and long speed. This week he will face a massive challenge in the Florida Gators defense (3:30 ET on CBS). Florida is always a stingy group and Kelly will most likely be relied on to carry the offense and keep the defense honest. Can he rise to the occasion?
- Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame: Mike McGlinchey is in the conversation for being one of the best tackles in the country but he will be tested today against Boston College (3:30 ET on ESPN). On the low, Boston College has one of the best defensive end duos in the country with Harold Landry and Zach Allen. Landry is a legit top 10 NFL prospect where Allen is a solid player in his own right. This means McGlinchey will be tested no matter who lines up over him and he will need a strong game to prevent Notre Dame's offense getting hamstrung once again.
- Jaire Alexander, Cornerback, Louisville: Today's top game (arguably) will be between the explosive Louisville Cardinals and the physical Clemson Tigers (8 PM ET on ESPN). While a lot of talk will revolve around Clemson's defense against Lamar Jackson, and rightfully so, Eagles fans should be a bit more interested when Louisville's defense is on the field. Jaire Alexander missed last week with an injury but he could be a major impact player in this game. The 5'10" defender is among the best defensive backs in the country and he will have his hands full with a loaded Clemson receiving corps. Alexander could be covering Deon Cain, Ray Ray McLoud or Hunter Renfrow. Regardless, his play will be a huge determinant in how Clemson does and if Louisville can pull off this upset.
- Rashaad Penny, Running Back, San Diego State: Last year, a San Diego State running back named Donnel Pumphrey broke records galore but his backup quietly had a nice 1,000 yard rushing season. This year, that backup, Rashaad Penny, is over 400 yards rushing in two games and is averaging OVER 10 yards a carry. The 5'11", 220 pound rusher has a much more NFL ready skill set than his predecessor and it is showing the way he is running through and past defenses. Penny's 212 rushing yards against Arizona State last week are impressive, but how does he fare tonight against Stanford and their consistently tough defense (10:30 ET on CBS)? Penny is the true bell cow in this rush heavy offense so there will be a lot of pressure on him to perform if SDSU wants to keep this game tight.