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Week 5 college football standouts

An eye on NFL Draft prospects.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 02 Liberty at UAB Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Week 5 of the college football season featured quite a few impressive games from NFL Draft hopefuls. Even with stiff competition, the best performances of the weekend came from maybe the best quarterback in the draft class and an emerging player at the linebacker position.

MALIK WILLIS

Malik Willis has been electric for the Liberty Flames, and this year he has taken a step to go from an exciting college football player to a legitimate quarterback prospect. Against UAB, Willis tore up the blazers through the air…

And on the ground.

All in all, Willis threw for 287 yards and a touchdown while picking up 144 yards and two more scores on the ground. Willis was decisive and accurate as a passer while bringing it as a playmaker rushing the football.

Right now, Willis has thrown for 11 touchdowns and rushed for over 400 yards in five games. In a quarterback class with no clear cut “guy” yet, Malik Willis has made a case for himself the way he has started this season.

Last weekend, the most impressive performance came from the Georgia defense. Arkansas was on a hot streak this year and their offense was a huge reason why. Well, Georgia stepped on the field with them and slammed the door shut on any potential upset, beating the Razorbacks 37-0.

NAKOBE DEAN

Such a great performance was partially keyed by junior linebacker Nakobe Dean. The Six foot, 225 pound linebacker is built more like a strong safety and moves like one two. But his blend of instincts and physicality were too much for Arkansas, as he notched 1.5 sacks as a blitzer, was a factor on every running play and looked great moving in coverage. Arkansas only got 75 yards on the ground and 87 yards on the ground. All in part because of the speed Nakobe Dean brings to the middle of the field.

Nakobe Dean already has 3.5 sacks on the season, a testament to the kind of weapon he is on defense. With his speed, he is a picture of the modern NFL linebacker. If he can keep producing and performing like he did against Arkansas, you are going to hear his name a whole lot more.