2013 NFL Draft News and Notes from Week 4
While the 2013 NFL Draft is quite far away, it’s still necessary to recap some college football and discuss key prospects.
Week 4 was a little less dramatic with only two true upsets happening in the Top 25 ranks after (15) Kansas State went into Norman and took out (6) Oklahoma.
Just a week after beating a ranked Wisconsin team, Oregon State went into Los Angeles to sit down (19) UCLA who had a 3-0 start behind freshman quarterback Brett Hundley.
Here are some notes on some key prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft.
- It was not a good outing for Arizona quarterback Matt Scott who has taken over for Nick Foles in his senior season. What looked like could be a high scoring game for both teams turned into a massacre of the Wildcats who went into Oregon with high hopes.
Scott came into the game with eight passing touchdowns and one interception as he had Arizona ranked, only to throw for 210 yards on 44 attempts and three interceptions.
Despite scoring 49 points, Oregon running back Kenjon Barner failed to eclipse the 100 yard mark despite 20 carries, and also failed to score. He was held to 86 rushing yards, but caught two passes for 29 yards.
- In perhaps the most exciting game to watch on Saturday, Florida State had exceptional late 3rd quarter and fourth quarter after outscoring Clemson 28-7 in the last 22 minutes of the game.
Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel looked great, protecting the ball and throwing efficiently as he completed 27 of his 35 pass attempts for 380 yards and two touchdowns, while not throwing any interceptions.
To add to it, he rushed for 102 yards on 12 carries as well, but did not get into the end zone on the ground.
Florida State senior running back Chris Thompson has quietly had two consecutive huge games, showing his speed and elusiveness in the open field. Against Clemson he had 103 yards on 15 rushes and two touchdowns, while also catching eight passes for 79 yards.
Clemson running back Andre Ellington was held to just 55 yards on 14 carries, but managed a touchdown. Unfortunately, the Florida State defense really keyed in on him and did not let him make any big plays on the ground, despite failing to stop him out of the back field as he caught four passes for 87 yards and a touchdown, including a 52 yard reception.
Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins continued his hot start to the season despite Sammy Watkins being back from suspension as he had a 60 yard touchdown reception and added another four catches for 28 yards on top of that.
- Despite Vanderbilt getting absolutely crushed by the Georgia Bulldogs, there were some positives from their seniors. Running back Zac Stacy only carried the ball 12 times, but managed 83 yards against a tough, physical defense.
His 5’9 210 pound frame looks like it can take a bit of a beating and he could be a rusher on the rise if he continues to have a solid season.
Wide receiver Jordan Matthews caught eight passes for 119 yards for his second 100+ yard performance, the first of which came against another very talented defense in South Carolina.
Georgia senior receiver Marlon Brown is a big target at 6’5 216, and has had a couple very solid performances this season, having 114 yards on five receptions this past week, which also included a touchdown.
- Against a very week Maryland defense, the West Virginia Mountaineers continued their hot streak with a 31-21 victory.
Quarterback Geno Smith was golden once again, completing 30 of his 43 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns. All three touchdowns came to the speedy 5’8 180 pound Tavon Austin who caught 13 passes for 179 yards as well.
Austin has a lot of former Marlyand receiver Torrey Smith in him, which is not a bad thing at all.
- USC and Cal faced off this week as well, which turned out to be another disappointing loss for Cal.
Some, including myself, are starting to get a bit worried about Matt Barkley’s turnovers as he threw two more interceptions this week, bringing his total to five in four games.
He completed 22 of 34 passes for just 192 yards, but did manage two touchdowns as well, while throwing both of them to standout receiver Marqise Lee.
Cal quarterback Zach Maynard took a step back this week, not being able to make much happen against a suspect USC defense. He managed to get half brother and senior receiver Keenan Allen the ball nine times for 93 yards, but threw two interceptions and just 173 yards.
Still, Maynard has the brain to pick up an NFL offense and be a backup that’s groomed to start some day.
- Outside the Top 25, Arkansas lost their third game of the season thanks to terrible defensive play against Rutgers.
It was nice to see Tyler Wilson come back from a head injury and throw for 419 yards on 39 attempts, although he completed just 20 passes. He threw three touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss.
Of those 419 yards by Wilson, 6’3 209 pound receiver Cobi Hamilton caught 303 for them on just 10 receptions. He also had all three of Wilson’s touchdown passes, despite falling short.
- Staying outside of the Top 25, Tennessee struggled a bit defensively against a below average Akron offense that scored 26 points.
Senior quarterback Tyler Bray still looked very solid, throwing for 401 yards and four touchdowns on 27 completions and 43 attempts. He continues to hook up with stud receiver Justin Hunter who caught eight passes for 115 yards and a touchdown.
The good thing about Bray is that he continues to spread the ball around well, hitting 11 different receivers, including Zach Rogers, tight end Mychal Rivera and Cordarrelle Patterson, who has slowed down a bit since his hot start in week one.
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