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College football preview: Top 10 draft prospects to watch in Week 10

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The Pac-12 is kicking off their season in Week 10. While many prospects have opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19, there are still many players who will be making a splash this year. Here are the Pac-12 players to watch!

  • Amon-Ra St. Brown, Wide Receiver, USC v. ASU (12 PM, Fox): Amon-Ra St. Brown is one of the best slot receivers in the country. His route running savvy, soft hands and yards after catch ability make him a top target in the Trojans offense. With St. Brown supposedly getting more time as an outside receiver this year, it will be interesting to see how he can adjust to a new role and if he can expand his skill set.
  • Alijah Vera-Tucker, Tackle, USC v. ASU (12 PM, Fox): With Penei Sewell opting out for the season, Alijah Vera-Tucker is probably the best offensive lineman in the conference. The former guard has a great blend of size and power. Watching his switch to tackle will determine his value in the NFL.
  • Frank Darby, Wide Receiver, ASU v. USC (12 PM, Fox): Frank Darby has some big shoes to fill this year. After ASU has sent first round receivers to the NFL in 2019 and 2020, Darby will be stepping up as the Sun Devils top target: the six foot speedster made use of his 31 catches last year: averaging almost 20 yards a reception and scoring eight times. That level of efficiency gives an idea of what Darby can do when he’s involved on offense. His targets will see a huge uptick this year and he has a great chance to turn that opportunity into making a name for himself in draft circles.
  • Jack Jones, Cornerback, ASU v. USC (12 PM, Fox): Jones is an undersized, underrated cornerback who has proven to be a scrappy and hard to beat defender. Jones will have his hands full with USC’s passing game, but it’s a big chance for him to make his mark at this point in the year.
  • Brent Kuithe, H-Back, Utah v. Arizona (3:30 ESPN2): Brent Kuithe is an intriguing player. The 6’2”, 230 pounder looks like a power back and had played all over the field for the Utes. In-line tight end, slot receiver, running back and fullback are some of the spots where Kuithe has lined up and played well. He’s a versatile offensive weapon and Utah will be relying on him once again to make big plays from all over the formation.
  • Osa Odighizuwa, Defensive Lineman, UCLA v. Colorado (7 PM, ESPN2): Brother of former Giant Owa Odighizuwa, Osa is a hell of a player in his own right. While Odighizuwa is a bit of a tweener, UCLA deploys him all over the formation to be disruptive. He’s definitely a defender to keep an eye on this year.
  • Deommodore Lenoir, Cornerback, Oregon v. Stanford (7:30 PM, ABC): Deommodore Lenoir is the prospect to watch in Oregon’s secondary with Jevon Holland sitting out this year. Lenoir is a small, tough cornerback with very good ball skills. He could be one of the top defensive backs playing in the conference this year.
  • Drew Dalman, Center, Stanford v. Oregon (7:30 PM, ABC): Similar to Lenoir, the absence of a fellow teammate will increase the spotlight on Drew Dalman. With Walker Little not playing this year, Dalman becomes the top blocker on the Cardinal line. Dalman is a physical, smart center who anchors the power running game and will be important against Oregon’s stout front seven.
  • Hamilcar Rashed Junior, Edge Defender, Oregon State v. Washington State (10:30 PM, FS1): Hamilcar Rashed Junior is probably the most disruptive defender in the Pac-12. The undersized pass rusher had 14 sacks and 22.5 TFLs last year due to his quickness and motor. Against a new look Washington State team, Rashed will be depended on to create pressure on an offense that likely still wants to throw the ball a lot.
  • Max Borghi, Running Back, Washington State v. Oregon State (10:30 PM, FS1): The Cougars aren’t known for running the ball much but Max Borghi was a playmaker for them out of the backfield and in the slot last season. The 5’10”, 200 pounder is a versatile player who picked up 800 yards on the ground and over 500 through the air in 2019. He is a fast, agile player with soft hands. His NFL transition will take some projecting given he is smaller for a running back, but this year he might get a chance to show off he can take a larger workload carrying the ball. His first test is an Oregon State front with some legit defenders.