Another week of college football is in the books. There weren’t many surprises this week, but more questions. What’s up with Oklahoma’s offense? Is Ohio State still the best team in the Big 10? Will Alabama lose to an SEC foe? Is Cincinnati for real? It’ll be exciting to see how the season unfolds.
I want to focus on a few players from the past week who stood out to me, especially those who should be draft eligible at the end of the season.
Jameree Salyer, OT – Georgia
Salyer became Georgia’s left tackle after Andrew Thomas was drafted by the New York Giants. The senior caught my eye with one play against Clemson where he demonstrated his strength.
Jamaree Salyer pic.twitter.com/GWqy3Jt24p— Hugo O. (@Hugorso) September 4, 2021
Salyer held his own this weekend against a good pass rusher in Kingsley Enagbare of South Carolina, but after watching him I think he’ll transition to guard in the NFL. The team will have a hole at that position if Brandon Scherff is not re-signed.
Tanner Mordecai, QB – SMU
The leader in touchdown passes in the FBS, Mordecai needed a hail Mary as time expired to beat Louisiana Tech. The play capped a day where the junior went 36 of 48 for 398 yards and five touchdowns. He also added eight rushes for 51 yards. While the level of competition is not stellar, Mordecai appears to have good mechanics, a strong enough arm to make most throws, and a calm demeanor in the pocket.
Tyler Goodson, RB – Iowa
He may not be the biggest or fastest, but Goodson is productive. Against Kent State, Goodson set a career high for rush yards with 153, adding three touchdowns. Goodson can make defenders miss in space and has good speed and power for his size. He is small at 5’11”, 199lbs, but could carve out a role for himself as a backup or third-down back in the NFL.
Tyler Goodson— Barstool Hawkeyes (@BarstoolUIowa) September 18, 2021
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Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, DL – Notre Dame
A cousin of Tua Tagovailoa, Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa has made an impact wherever he has lined up for Notre Dame The 268lbs senior lost fifteen pounds in the offseason to move from defensive tackle to defensive end. He accumulated five tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and half a sack this weekend against Purdue. He has a great motor with a blend of speed and strength that allows him to be disruptive, but I worry about what his true position will be at the next level. His versatility along the defensive front should make him valuable to several teams.
Our guys were this one @myraaann @IFoskey | #GoIrish pic.twitter.com/Ha04AfTpMz— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) September 18, 2021
Chad Muma, LB – Wyoming
Wyoming football isn’t appointment watching for many, but maybe that should change. The 3-0 Cowboys have a standout player in Chad Muma. Against Ball State, he racked up 12 tackles, one for a loss, and returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown, his second pick six of the season. Recording double-digit tackles in each game this year, Muma has been all over the field and appears to play well in coverage. Plus, can’t you hear the crowd on gameday shouting “MOOOOOOMAAAAAH!”
HE DID IT AGAIN! @chad_muma with a pick 6️⃣ for the second week in a row! pic.twitter.com/q7nePLz0Uf— Wyoming Cowboy Football (@wyo_football) September 18, 2021
Feel free to add players in the comments that stood out to you that you think can help the team.