Week 10 of college football saw a lot of exciting action. From a thrilling upset of the top team in the country to Pac-12 football returning in full force, there was plenty of great things to watch across the country. Within that upset and the return of Pac-12 play, two NFL Draft prospects emerged with outstanding performances that demand attention.
Ryan Walk isn’t a household name. The former Oregon walk-on was set for his first start at guard on Saturday against Stanford and what happened next was truly amazing. Walk, who played both right and left guard during Oregon’s rivalry game, absolutely demolished whatever defender Stanford lined up in front of him. The 290 pounder looked like a natural at guard, displaying strength, finesse and great awareness. Oregon ran for almost 270 yards against the Cardinal and didn’t allow a single sack. Walk was crucial in that performance.
With Penei Sewell not playing this season, Walk has a tremendous chance to hog an empty spotlight. Walk has never seen substantial snaps up until Saturday and he requires watching for the rest of the season.
It’s hard to believe a defensive player would be worth highlighting in a game that ended 47-40, but Notre Dame linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah had big moments that are emblematic of his high level play all year.
The undersized linebacker (6’1”, 215) used his speed and instincts to make big plays against the Clemson offense. His run defense was crucial in holding Travis Etienne under 2 yards per carry and his nose for the ball helped when he forced a critical fumble in the second quarter.
Owusu-Koramoah is a new age linebacker whose defensive back-type speed will be coveted in the NFL a la Devin Bush in 2019. If he can continue this level of play through the rest of the season, expect him to garner even more draft hype.