Updated - 9-10-14
By: Alex Khvatov
Junior QB Vernon Adams Jr. (Eastern Washington)
We were introduced to Vernon Adams last season after he threw for 405 passing yards, ran for 100 yards and had six total TD's in a win against Oregon State. He was just as impressive last week. He threw for 475 yards and a school-record seven touchdowns in a loss against Washington. Adams is an undersized, athletic QB that excels throwing on the move. He went through his progressions and hit the receivers in stride. He has really improved his deep ball accuracy and his touch compared to last year. However, he needs to work on his pocket awareness. He was sacked six times during this game.
Junior RB Jay Ajayi (Boise State)
The Broncos RB had 33 carries for 219 rushing yards and three total TD's. He also added 61 receiving yards on four catches. He is a big back with a thick lower body (6'0 and 216 pounds) that runs in the low 4.4's. Ajayi is a physical back with good balance. He can run over you or around you. He is hard to bring down. He is also a threat as a receiver.
Junior RB Javorius ''Buck'' Allen (USC)
He had 23 carries for 154 rushing yards in a win against Stanford. He was featured in USC's offense on Saturday. Allen showed the speed to get to the outside. He demonstrated outstanding vision and good balance. He has good leg drive and deceptive strength that allowed him to pick up tough yards. He is quickly emerging as one of the top underclassmen running backs in next year's draft.
Senior WR Ty Montgomery (Stanford)
Montgomery had five catches for 77 yards and a 44-yard punt return in week two. Stanford's offense featured him on the outside, in the slot, on reverses, as a wildcat QB and even lined him up in the backfield in the I-formation. He is a dynamic and explosive playmaker. He is at his best when he gets the ball in the open field. Montgomery is an athletic receiver with great speed. He is also the most dangerous return man in the nation.
Junior WR Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma)
He has become Trevor Knight's favorite target in the passing game. He had a career-high 177 yards on eight catches and a TD. Shepard used his speed to stretch the field on vertical routes. He was quick in and out of his breaks. He is also dangerous on post and seam routes. With Jalen Saunders moving on to the NFL, Shepard has become the primary punt returner and that will boost his draft stock even more.
He suffered an ankle sprain last week and appeared to be hampered by the injury in warmups before the start of the game. But Williams showed his toughness and played the entire game. Head coach Steve Sarkisian called him a warrior. He recorded 11 total tackles and one sack. He lined up all over the field. His size, speed and power were on full display against Stanford. Williams took on multiple blockers and showed a non-stop motor. He reminded us all why he is considered a top five pick in next year's draft.
Senior DE Markus Golden (Missouri)
Golden is a player that most fans should get to know this season. He recorded six tackles and a sack against Toledo. He disrupted the quarterback and was a constant presence in the backfield. The most impressive trait about him is his terrific burst off the line. He is an athletic DL that is relentless in pursuit. He is off to a great start and could lead the SEC in sacks in 2014.
Junior RB Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin)
Gordon had only 38 rushing yards on 17 carries against Western Illinois. He didn't make any explosive plays or hit the hole with authority that we have become so accustomed to. There is a strong possibility that he was still bothered by the hip flexor injury that he suffered in week one.
Senior TE Jake McGee (Florida)
He transferred from Virginia and was supposed to be a big part of the Gators' offense this year. Unfortunately, his season is over after he suffered a broken tibia and fibula in his left leg. McGee was my top rated senior tight end. He should come back next season after taking a redshirt year.
Junior RB Todd Gurley (Georgia)
Gurley had 198 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns on the ground. He also added a 100-yard kickoff return for a TD. He took over the game in the second half after only rushing for 44 yards in the first half. He is finally healthy and looks to be in great shape this year. He is a strong, physical downhill runner with great size. He broke a number of arm tackles and punished defenders with his running style. He also showed the burst to get to the outside. Mark Richt likes the running back by committee aproach, but he has to feature Gurley more.
Senior RB Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska)
He had 232 rushing yards and a touchdown on 21 carries last weekend. He didn't even play most of the second half. Abdullah averaged a first down every time he carried the ball. He is a quick, shifty back. He is undersized, but he is tougher than he looks. He has surprising strength. He is also a terrific receiver coming out of the backfield.
Senior WR Rashad Greene (Florida State)
Greene was the go-to guy for Winston against the Cowboys. He answered the bell every time they needed a play in the passing game. He had 11 catches for 203 yards and one touchdown. He averaged 18.5 yards per reception. He is a sure-handed WR that is quick in and out of his breaks. Greene excels in catching the ball in traffic especially on slants and crossing routes. He does a lot of his damage after the catch. But he also demonstrated the ability to stretch the field on vertical routes.
Junior DE Shawn Oakman (Baylor)
Penn State dismissed him from their program in 2012, but he found a home at Waco, Texas. He didn't start last year at Baylor, but he showed flashes of dominance. Oakman recorded six tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in week one action. He stands at 6'9, 280 pounds with a very long wingspan. He displayed his strength and quickness off the snap. He has developed more pass rush moves this year to go along with his physical traits. If he keeps playing at this level, he looks like a top 10 pick.
Senior LB Eric Kendricks (UCLA)
He recorded 16 total tackles, a forced a fumble and returned an interception for a TD. He is clearly the leader of this defense. Kendricks is always around the ball. He is a good wrap-up tackler with outstanding instincts. He was also much better in coverage than I ever anticipated.
Junior QB Brett Hundley (UCLA)
His offensive line struggled, and the receivers had three or four drops during this game. But Hundley failed to impress himself against Virginia. The Heisman hopeful was bothered by pressure, and needed to make quicker decisions. His field vision and ball placement were questionable. Hundley needs to do a better job recognizing coverage.
Junior RB Mike Davis (South Carolina)
He was one of the best running backs in the nation last year, but Davis had only 15 rushing yards on six carries against the Aggies. He missed time during fall camp due to a rib injury. He re-aggravated the injury last Thursday night. He is questionable to play against East Carolina this week.
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