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Week 8 college football standouts

An eye on NFL Draft prospects.

California v Oregon Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images

Sam Hartman and Kayvon Thibodeaux are this week’s top performers among NFL Draft prospects. It should be no surprise that the latter makes this honor once again, but it is exciting to see a new name emerge on the other side of the ball.

SAM HARTMAN

Sam Hartman spent Saturday disrespecting the troops as he rained bombs all over the Army defense. Hartman threw for 458 yards and five touchdowns while completing nearly 80 percent of his passes at an astounding 15.79 yards per attempt.

Oh, and he also rushed for a touchdown.

Army stood no chance against the fourth year signal caller as he led Wake Forrest’s offense to a 70 point performance.

Obviously the Black Knights are no stalwart defensive team, but they went blow for blow with the Demon Deacons on offense and Sam Hartman was constantly in a position where he had to answer score for score. Which he did for four quarters.

A game like this puts the spotlight on a quarterback who has steadily improved over his college career. After three seasons of up and down play, Hartman is enjoying a really impressive season completing over 65% of his passes as he’s thrown for 19 touchdowns to only three picks. So far, Wake Forest is enjoying an undefeated, ranked season and Hartman is a big reason why.

Much has been made about the weakness of this quarterback class, so it’s no small thing when a passer starts to reveal himself as a potential NFL draft prospect. Hartman is a smaller passer at 6’1” and just over 200 pounds, but his accuracy, decision making and ability to stand in the pocket could have teams taking note of him for the spring.

KAYVON THIBODEAUX

In terms of defensive performances, it should be no surprise Kayvon Thibodeaux is being highlighted here again. The dynamic pass rusher menaced UCLA for four quarters as he racked up 2 sacks, 2.5 TFLs, a forced fumble and constant pressure on the Bruins offense.

Every play counts when the final score is 34-31 and god knows Kayvon Thibodeaux big plays made a massive difference in the Ducks chances to stave off UCLA. Not only does that speak to Thibodeaux’s general impact on the game, but also to his intangibles to show up big when the team needs him most.

The only thing keeping the Oregon defender from being the first pick in this draft is a team desperate for a quarterback. Saturday, he showed why he will hear his name called very early on draft day.