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Ben 10: College football prospects to watch in Week 9

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Two Bens list their 10 prospects to watch in Week 9

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Brian Burns, EDGE #99, FSU v. Clemson (12 PM on ESPN)

FSU may be having a down year but their star pass rusher is having his best season yet. Brian Burns has been on a tear week after week and he’ll be facing off against undefeated Clemson and their prolific passing game. A big game from Burns could keep it close given how disruptive he can be. - Natan

Bryce Hall, Cornerback #34, Virginia v. UNC (12:20 PM on ACC Network)

Bryce Hall has really burst onto the seen for the Hoos (great nickname) en route to their surprising ACC title game bid in 2018. He joins Juan Thornhill in a playmaking secondary — Hall has 14 PBUs and 2 INTs in 7 games this season, while the next closest ACC corner has 7. Hall goes up against a strong WR for UNC — that’s Anthony Ratliff-Willaims, a draft prospect in his own right. Big day! - Solak

David Montgomery, Running Back #32, ISU v. Texas Tech (12 PM on ESPN2)

Texas Tech usually is vulnerable to a strong running game and David Montgomery is getting better week by week. Montgomery is poised to cut through the Red Raiders defense like a knife through hot butter. It could be quite the show. - Natan

Max Scharping, Offensive Tackle #73, Northern Illinois v. BYU (3:30 PM on ESPNU)

Scharping is quietly having a dominant season up north for the Huskies — even after he put eventual ACC defensive player of the year Brian Burns on ice a few weekends ago. Charting and data services like PFF will love Scharping, an eddy-steady pass-protector who has good footwork and active hands early to win pass-rush reps. He’ll deal with a powerful player in the latest Kaufusi to come through BYU (there are four Kaufusis on the BYU roster, for what it’s worth). - Solak

Jachai Polite, EDGE #99, Florida v. Georgia (3:30 PM on CBS)

The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party features two heavy hitters after a few years of Florida wallowing in mediocrity. The Gator resurgence wouldn’t be possible without Jachai Polite’s disruptive play on defense. Georgia features a high powered offense, but Polite can take advantage of a reeling Bulldogs game to propel Florida to another big game. - Natan

VoSean Joseph, Linebacker #11, Florida v. Georgia (3:30 PM on CBS)

VoSean Joseph, an early member of the All-Name team for Draft-eligible players, plays linebacker at somewhere around 220 pounds. That’s a scary proposition when NFL teams evaluate him, but there’s no denying that he’s also at a different speed when compared with everyone else in the box. Georgia’s gonna come at him with physicality — especially RB Elijah Holyfield. Huge match-up to watch. - Solak

Mitchell Wilcox, Tight End #89, South Florida v. Houston (3:30 PM on ABC)

Wilcox is a breakout candidate in the Draft world right now. The USF tight end has a WR’s frame at 6’5 and 245 pounds, but he brings some decent physicality to the contact point as a blocker. That said, his greatest skill is his fearlessness and strong hands across the middle. He’s a huge catch radius target who reels in multiple balls with contact around him, and I expect him to rise in the rankings with every passing week. - Solak

Jeffrey Simmons, Defensive Tackle #94, Mississippi State v. Texas A&M (7 PM on ESPN)

In what should be one of the most fun games this weekend; Jeffrey Simmons will need to help the Bulldogs squash the Aggies and their explosive offense. On the ground and through the air, Jimbo Fisher and Co. have proven capable of putting up big numbers, so Simmons will need to really be on his game to keep Mississippi State out of a shoot out. - Natan

Jalen Thompson, Safety #34, Washington State v. Stanford (7 PM on P12 Network)

When you’re gonna have to cover Kaden Smith, I’m going to pay attention. The stellar Stanford TE will look to beat up on Thompson with size and length, but I think Thompson has the frame to challenge him. Thompson prefers to play a bit of a nuance game, however, and needs to come with physicality against Stanford’s big receivers downfield, as well as in run support. He might be a corner at the next level, given how the Cougs deploy him. - Solak

Te’von Coney, Linebacker #4, Notre Dame v. Navy (8 PM on CBS)

Te’von Coney is possibly one of the biggest draft risers this whole season. On Saturday, he’ll have a great showcase of what he can do best. Navy is not the best team overall, but their offense will always test opposing defensive players; especially in the front seven. Coney is great at attacking downhill and will get to show off by shutting down the Navy running game. - Natan