Week two of the college football season is in the books. There were some big upsets last weekend resulting in a few teams making big leaps in the rankings. I want to focus on a few players who stood out to me, especially those who should be draft eligible at the end of the season.
CJ Verdell, RB – Oregon
Senior running back CJ Verdell was a big reason why Oregon upset Ohio State. Behind a talented offensive line, he had a career day with 161 rushing yards, 36 receiving yards, and three total touchdowns. He’s a shorter running back with good speed and some receiving ability.
Brennan Armstrong, QB – UVA
Who doesn’t love a QB named Armstrong? Four quarterbacks threw for five touchdown this week. Junior Brennan Armstrong was the only one to do it against a Power Five opponent. I’m sure there are some Wahoos here that are more familiar with Armstrong, but all I know is he put together a great game against Illinois, going 27 of 36 for 405 yards and only having one interception. While a lot of that yardage came on short passes, Armstrong made some tight-window throws farther downfield. The lefty has a looping throwing motion that is concerning, but that hasn’t stopped him from producing.
Nate Landman, LB – Colorado
A big thanks to 70-Chip for mentioning this prospect. The Buffs gave the Aggies all they could handle before squeaking out a victory. Landman was a big reason why. The senior racked up ten tackles, two for loss, and two pass breakups against Texas A&M. Landman may not solve the issues at linebacker, but he is try-hard player who at the very least could provide depth and special teams play.
Top-Graded Pac-12 Linebackers thru Week 2 per @PFF— SportsPac12 (@SportsPac12) September 13, 2021
79.2—Darien Butler, ASU
79.0—Nephi Sewell, Utah
78.7—Kyle Soelle, ASU
77.5—Devin Lloyd, Utah
74.0—Nate Landman, CU
68.6—Hayden Furey, Utah
(50 snap minimum)
Riley Moss, CB – Iowa
I almost added Riley Moss to my list last week after he had two pick sixes against Indiana. Against Iowa State, Moss was not targeted frequently. He still was able to add eight tackles to the stat sheet. Moss has good size for the position and a track background. He does a really good job breaking on the ball in the air.
I came away very impressed with Iowa CB Riley Moss against Indiana. He has good size at 6'1"/194. 2 pick 6s. Good eyes, good anticipation and good closing speed pic.twitter.com/tyVDGTyOSX— Matt (@ZazzyJets) September 6, 2021
Feel free to add players in the comments that stood out to you this week and you think can help the team.