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Build The Team: CFB Standouts Week 3

A couple of receivers who made spectacular catches, a running back who can carry his team if they let him, an athletic interior defensive lineman who’s a monster, a top CB, and a generational talent at S

Oklahoma v Iowa State

It’s all about the Redskins but I love college football as well. I’m 2 weeks late (things you don’t want to hear?) but now is as good a time as any to kick this series off. Without further adieu here is who caught my eye this week. . .


Hakeem Butler, WR
School: Iowa State | Conference: BIG 12
College Experience: RS Junior | Age: 21?
Height / Weight: 6-6 / 225 lbs

Last year Butler was the #2 receiving option behind Allen Lazard (who is currently on Jacksonville’s practice squad). This year he is the #1 receiving option and he showed up big against some of the best competition he’ll have all year. Iowa State lost this game but Butler showed he can hang with the big boys. Butler kept his team competitive through the majority of the game against an obviously superior Oklahoma team. He is a strong possession receiver that plays with power, speed, and has good hands. His size makes him a physical mismatch for most secondary players and he’ll be making plays for Iowa State’s offense all year long if they keep throwing his way. Butler finished with 5 catches for 174 yards and 2 touchdowns. Here is a taste of what he did this past weekend.

Darius Anderson, RB
School: TCU | Conference: BIG 12
College Experience: Junior | Age: 21?
Height / Weight: 5-11 / 212 lbs

Darius Anderson put TCU on his back in primetime this past Saturday night. Anderson was TCU’s leading rusher last season but has not been fully 100% for a while and has missed more than a handful of games in his career. He looked 100% as he blew by Ohio State’s defense and powerful front 7. Anderson ripped off a monster run that not only set a school record for longest run from scrimmage but also set a record for Ohio State - most yards given up on a single play. Anderson has speed to take it to the house but he is also well build and has good vision and can get tough yards on interior runs as well. There will be a few running backs that will get a lot of love because of the conferences they play in but if Anderson can stay healthy and keep up this level of play he could be one of the top backs in the draft if he decides to declare. TCU got away from the run game as they fell behind and Anderson finished with 12 carries for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns.

A.J. Richardson, WR
School: Boise State | Conference: Mountain West
College Experience: Senior | Age: 21?
Height / Weight: 6-0 / 212 lbs

A.J. Richardson is an under the radar WR prospect playing with an under the radar QB in Brett Rypien. The duo don’t have perfect trust and chemistry all the time but they did on a jaw dropping play as Boise State was trying to fight back against Oklahoma State this past weekend. Richardson is going to break just about every career receiving statistic he’s logged playing as one of Rypien’s more trusted options this season after Cedric Wilson (now a Cowboy) was drafted. If he can pull off a play like this with any consistency you’ll start hearing more about him in January. Outside of this beauty of a catch Richardson finished the day with 4 catches for 70 yards and a touchdown.


Dre’Mont Jones, DL
School: Ohio State | Conference: BIG 10
College Experience: RS Junior | Age: 21?
Height / Weight: 6-3 / 286 lbs

Dre’Mont Jones had 1st round buzz last year but he decided to go back to Ohio State for his RS Junior season. He also showed up in primetime this past Saturday and made key plays that helped Ohio State pull away from TCU in the second half. Jones is likely going to be referred to as one of if not the most athletically gifted interior defensive line prospects in the country. Jones showed off his athleticism and skill as he intercepted a shovel pass and took it to the house and sacked TCU QB Shawn Robinson on a key drive and down as TCU was trying to get back into the game. He is currently working to get bigger without compromising his quickness to be more stout against the run. Jones finished the game with 6 tackles, a sack, a pick 6, and a pass defended.

Greedy Williams, CB
School: LSU | Conference: SEC
College Experience: RS Sophomore | Age: 20
Height / Weight: 6-2 / 182 lbs

The entire LSU defense made Jared Stidham and the Auburn offense look bad and out of sync all afternoon. Stidham who is supposed to be one of the top prospects at the QB position this year thought he could get away with throwing to Andreaz “Greedy” Williams’ side of the field. Williams who is already being talked about as a top-10 prospect was an All-American last year and CB1 on many early season college draft boards. He definitely has the attitude you want out of a CB1 as well. Williams shut down his side of the field and never let Stidham get into a rhythm. Williams is a well rounded corner who can play press and off coverage and has an impressive set of instincts and ability to time and adjust to the ball in the air. You’re gonna hear his name a lot this season. Williams finished with 2 tackles, an interception, and a pass defended.

Deionte Thompson, S
School: Alabama | Conference: SEC
College Experience: RS Junior | Age: 21?
Height / Weight: 6-2 / 196 lbs

Nick Saban has had an embarrassment of riches in terms of the talent that enters Alabama especially on the defensive side of the ball. Every year we are impressed and want one of his players which could be a defensive lineman, a linebacker, or a secondary player. Alabama has sent several starting caliber and star players at the safety position to the NFL which include HaHa Clinton-Dix, Landon Collins, Eddie Jackson, among others in recent years. Deionte Thompson is the next in line but Thompson is different. He is already being talked about as a generational player. Check social media for the praise he received this week from draft Twitter along with former and HOF players like Shannon Sharpe, Tory Holt, and Ryan Clark. Thompson has the ability to affect and take over games and he clearly is going to be the best safety in the class if he decides to declare at the end of the season. The plus factors for Thompson are his range, instincts, and cover ability which myself and others throw out a lot but Thompson truly executes this skills week in and week out and is game changer on the Alabama defense. Thompson had an interception week 1 against Louisville and in all honestly I could probably feature him every week this season so I’m getting one out of the way early. Thompson finished with 4 tackles and an interception.


Of these players who just missed the cut in this week’s edition who impressed you most this past weekend?

This poll is closed

  • 18%
    Deandre Baker, CB Georgia
    (11 votes)
  • 26%
    Dwyane Haskins, QB Ohio State
    (16 votes)
  • 26%
    Kyler Murray, QB Oklahoma
    (16 votes)
  • 5%
    Pooka Williams, RB Kansas
    (3 votes)
  • 10%
    Travis Etienne, RB Clemson
    (6 votes)
  • 13%
    Other (Say in comments)
    (8 votes)
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