With college football kicking into gear, some of the best players in country are back to showing out every weekend. Even with a weird, truncated season where the Pac-12 is not playing until the spring and the Big 10 will likely start in a month, there is still plenty of good football to watch for the time being. This passed weekend was headlined by some names you’ve definitely heard before.
Trevor Lawrence has been generating NFL hype since before he was starting for Clemson. The junior quarterback was getting talked about as a blue chip prospect after his freshman year and would have gone first overall this spring even if he didn’t play this season. Yet, in his first contest of year against Wake Forrest, the signal caller some looked even better. Lawrence scored three touchdowns, one through the air and two on the ground. He was sharp as ever, delivering some incredible passes against tight windows.
Took him no time at all to hit a big throw. Excellent velocity and placement on his deep passes make this an unguardable play pic.twitter.com/twtKGzPqu5— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) September 13, 2020
Lawrence continued to show off his rare blend of physical gifts and honed skills: The arm strength, the accuracy, the poise, decision making and over athleticism. If Lawrence’s play continues to look like this, we are looking at an Andrew Luck level prospect.
The other name is recognizable not because he has been dominating college football to this point, but rather because of the name itself. That’s right, Asante Samuel Jr. broke out this week with a very nice game against Georgia Tech. The third year defender brought down two interceptions in a loss, doubling his pick total from all of last year. The 5’10” defensive back led the ACC in passes defended last year and those ball skills look to be translating early into takeaways. While one pick was a gimme as the quarterback was hit during the throw, both interceptions showed good awareness and a nose for the ball. Like father like son.