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Ben 10: College football prospects to watch in Week 12

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Two Bens give their NFL Draft prospects to watch in Week 12 of college football

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Tyler Johnson, WR, Minnesota v. Northwestern (12 PM on BTN)

Quietly, Tyler Johnson has been a steady producer for the Golden Gophers. The 6’2” receiver will be relied on against a ranked Northwestern team with a tough defense. Can Johnson catalyze an upset? - Natan

Cody Barton, LB, Utah v. Colorado (1:30 PM on P12 Network)

A true junior, Barton has exploded onto the scene for the Utes, presenting the range and cover skills of an NFL ‘backer without sacrificing for size and physicality between the tackles. His running mate, LB Chase Hansen, is also a draftable player, though Barton is the better prospect of the two. Physical Colorado OL waits them today. - Solak

Jerry Tillery, DT, Norte Dame v. Syracuse (2:30 PM on ESPN)

Few players have seen their stock rise this season quite like Jerry Tillery. The disruptive interior defender has been causing problems week in and week out. Syracuse fields its best team in years with an explosive offense. This ranked match will depend on Tillery to throw off the Orange’s ability to get their offense going. - Natan

Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri v. Tennessee (3:30 PM on CBS)

Hall is an absolute burner on the outside who seems to have fully returned from an early season injury, and we are lucky to see it. I love what I see from Hall in terms of downfield tracking and willingness to attack the football, which are the underrated traits of being a speed threat on the outside. While his route tree is limited, he seems like a high-ceiling player. - Solak

Andy Isabella, WR, UMass v. UGA (4 PM on SECN)

Andy Isabella has been one of the most prolific players in the country this year. The diminutive receiver is only a few weeks removed from a 300 yard receiving performance as UMass heads into a match with Georgia as a major underdog. While this game could be a buzzsaw for UMass as a whole, it will be a great chance for Isabella to show what he’s got against top tier defensive backs. - Natan

Daniel Jones, QB, Duke v. Clemson (7 PM on ESPN)

No, Philadelphia won’t be in need of a quarterback — but Duke slinger Daniel Jones has already received some Carson Wentz comparisons regarding his athleticism at a supreme size. He has grown as a passer in 2018, though I’m not sure yet that he stands up to the test of a Clemson defense. This is a huge test for a potential first-rounder. Statement game. - Solak

Lil’Jordan Humphrey, WR, Texas v. ISU (8 PM on LHN)

Lil’Jordan Humphrey has been key in Texas’ resurgent season. The dependable target has made huge catches week in and out. Iowa State is one of the surprises of the year and part of which has to do with an opportunistic defense. Humphrey will no doubt have many chances to keep showing off as a clutch playmaker. - Natan

Collin Johnson, WR, Texas, v. ISU (8 PM on LHN)

That’s right — Texas has two draftable tight ends. I actually prefer Johnson to Humphrey, despite Humphrey’s explosion this year. Super long with an unbelievable catch radius and great concentration through the air, Johnson is a downfield threat who has been growing in terms of release and stem manipulation in route-running. That’s good to see. - Solak

Cortez Broughton, DT, Cincinnati v. UCF (8 PM on ABC)

UCF hasn’t lost a game since 2016 and Cincinnati is their biggest threat for the AAC title. Cortez Broughton leads a tough Cincinnati defense and this a huge stage for the defensive lineman to show what he’s got against a top offense. - Natan

Renell Wren, DT, Arizona State v. Oregon (10:30 PM on P12 Network)

Despite the fact that Oregon center Jake Hanson has struggled in 2018, he’s still one of the stouter interior blockers in the Pac-12, and he’ll provide a nice test for Wren. Wren’s a physical monster, but seems to me too much like an athlete who beats up on lesser competition and struggles to handle NFL-caliber technicians. Arizona State still has Pac-12 South life, but this is a tough game. Wren needs to dominate. - Solak