Week 3 of college football is upon us and as stars continue to establish themselves, there is plenty of time for new names to emerge as legitimate NFL prospects. Here are some names to watch this weekend.
- Jayden Reed, WR, Michigan State v. Miami (12 PM ET on ABC): Jayden Reed has emerged as a serious deep threat for the Spartans, averaging over 27 yards a catch to start the season. The Miami defense will be his stiffest test yet and Reed will need a big game to show he can still ball against top competition.
- Tiawan Mullen, CB, Indiana v. Cincinnati (12 PM ET on ESPN): The Hoosiers are off to a slow start despite high expectations and righting the ship will fall heavily on Tiawan Mullen. The senior defender is a leader in the Indiana secondary and the team needs his instincts, his playmaking and his physicality if it wants a shot against a dangerous Cincinnati team.
- George Karlafits, Edge, Purdue v. Notre Dame (2:30 PM ET on NBC): George Karlafits is one of the most gifted defenders in the country and now he will challenge a highly ranked Notre Dame team. The Irish offensive line is almost always tough, so George Karlafits will have a great resume builder if he looks great.
- Max Borghi, RB, WSU v. USC (3:30 PM ET on Fox): Max Borghi might be the best pass catching running back in the country. Certainly the best among the draft eligible. He has been a mainstay in the Washington State offense for a few years now and will see a lot of touches, in the backfield and as a receiver, against USC.
- Jordan Battle, S, Alabama v. Florida (3:30 PM ET on CBS): There are a lot of names that could be picked out in this match up. Both Alabama and Florida are loaded with NFL talent. However, I am curious to see how Jordan Battle responds to the unique challenge of the Florida offense. Not only is the unit explosive, but it is unpredictable with two very good and very different quarterbacks taking snaps at any given time. Battle will need to lead the secondary and not get thrown off by the many looks that Florida will give them.
- Jordan Davis, DL, Georgia v. South Carolina (7 PM ET on ESPN): Jordan Davis is one of the best prospects in the country. The massive defensive tackle is a three down lineman who can destroy a run game and push the pocket in the pass game. South Carolina is no pushover, with weapons all over their offense, and Davis will need to show out to keep Georgia from an upset.
- Tariq Castro-Fields, CB, Penn State v. Auburn (7:30 PM ET on ABC): Tariq Castro-Fields will be one of many stars on the field in this marquee match up. The long, wiry cornerback has all the makings of an NFL defender, and will be matched up with SEC speed for four quarters. This is a huge test for Castro-Fields and his response will make a difference in this game.
- Tyrick James, TE, Tulane v. Ole Miss (8 PM ET on ESPN2): Tulane is somewhat of a wildcard right now. They are 1-1, but their loss was a close one to Oklahoma where they took the Sooners down to the wire. Tyrick James is a key player on the Green Wave offense. He is a mismatch at 6’2” and 245 pounds with good long speed and strong hands. He should see the ball quite a bit against Ole Miss and he could swing the game with his play.
- Jayden Daniels, QB, ASU v. BYU (10:15 PM ET on ESPN): Jayden Daniels has a chance to break into the conversation about top draft eligible quarterbacks in the country. He is a dynamic passer with good athleticism and a few years worth of impressive tape. The junior passer has a big test against BYU’s stingy defense this Saturday.
- Zach Charbonnet, RB, UCLA v. Fresno State (10:45 PM ET on Pac-12 Network): Zach Charbonnet has emerged as one of the top running backs in the country this year. He had a stellar performance a few weeks ago to help UCLA upset LSU and now he will keep carrying the load for the Bruins offense. Fresno State has a solid defensive line that will test the UCLA running game, but expect Charbonnet to put on another show against the Bulldogs.