Back for a second year, Future Hogs is a series where I highlight draft-eligible college football players who played well the previous week and could help the Burgundy and Gold. Although most of the players highlighted last year were drafted, several returned to school. I’ll try to avoid highlighting those players again this year, but I included a list of them here and the school they played for last year.
Brennon Armstrong, UVA
Clayton Tune, Houston
Hendon Hooker, Tennessee
Jake Haener, Fresno State
Phil Jurkovec, Boston College
Sam Hartman, Wake Forest
Stetson Bennett, Georgia
Tanner Mordecai, SMU
Will Levis, Kentucky
Kazmeir Allen, UCLA
Anais Smith, Texas A&M
Jalen Cropper, Fresno State
Erick All, Michigan
Nick Broeker, Ole Miss
Ladarius Henderson, Arizona State
Will McDonald, IV, Iowa State
Cam’ron Carter, Colorado State
Darius Mausua, Hawaii
DeMarvion Overshown, Texas
SirVocea Dennis, Pittsburgh
Riley Moss, Iowa
Jason Taylor, II, Oklahoma State
Dallas Branch, San Diego State
Demarco Hellams, Alabama
Jordan Battle, Alabama
Tory Taylor, P - Iowa
Week 1 of the college football season often creates more questions than answers. A lot of schools play teams they are much better than, making it hard to assess them and their players. What I learned is Georgia is still very good, Florida and Florida State might be better than I anticipated, and the Pac-12 will have a tough road to the College Football Playoff.
With Week 1 done, below are just a few players who had good weeks and might be able to help improve the Commanders’ roster. Let me know what you think of these prospects and feel free to post players that stood out to you.
KJ Jefferson, QB – Arkansas
Washington appears to be set at QB with Carson Wentz starting, a good backup in Taylor Heinicke, and a promising rookie talent in Sam Howell. If the team feels, however, the future of the position is not on the roster, they might consider KJ Jefferson. A strong-armed, big-bodied dual threat QB, Jefferson may remind Ron Rivera of Cam Newton. The redshirt junior led the Razorbacks to a win over a well-coached Cincinnati with 233 yards on 18 of 26 passing, three touchdowns, and 62 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Christopher Brooks, RB – BYU
Once Brian Robinson, Jr. is healthy, he will be the starting running back for Washington. If the team wants another big back to spell him, Christopher Brooks would be a good candidate. He used speed and strength to put up 135 yards and a touchdown against South Florida, averaging over 10 yards a carry.
Superb blocking here by the BYU offensive line.— Benjamin Criddle (@CriddleBenjamin) September 4, 2022
Christopher Brooks takes it to the house for a 52 yard touchdown.
Clark on the combo
Blake gobbling up the second level
Masen back side cut
Chris hits it like bullet pic.twitter.com/yh7ILTf0D2
Xavier Hutchinson, WR – Iowa State
So you’re wondering where’s the big wideout in the Commanders’ offense? Maybe Xavier Hutchinson can play that role. The 6’3”, 205 lbs redshirt senior hauled in eight catches for 128 yards and three touchdowns.
Luke Musgrave, TE – Oregon State
The Commanders’ tight end room is pretty crowded, but the team should always consider adding younger options especially if Wentz remains the QB for several seasons. Luke Musgrave had a superb game against Boise State. The junior contributed to the win with six receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown. He has the ideal size for the position to go with, if the measurables are accurate, above-average athleticism.
#OregonState TE Luke Musgrave (6'6", 250) popped this weekend and it's not a surprise to find out that he was on @BruceFeldmanCFB "Freak List".— Steve Frederick (@SteveFrederick_) September 6, 2022
(27-yard TD + match-up vs JL Skinner)
36.5" Vertical, 10-1 3/4 Broad Jump, 4.51 40 pic.twitter.com/FXt5hD1vHr
Connor Galvin, OT – Baylor
One of the best left tackles in college football last year, Connor Galvin was a preseason All-American. At 6’7” 302lbs, he may need to add a little weight, but he has quick feet and anchors effectively against pass rushers. While Charles Leno, Jr. has played well, Washington would be wise to consider younger options at left tackle.
Baylor was very comfortable coming into the season with Blake Shapen at quarterback this year and he had a good outing against Albany yesterday.— John “Winter Soldier” Vogel (@DraftVogel) September 4, 2022
Even with the average arm, he’s an upgrade over Gerry Bohannon. pic.twitter.com/ZXDst9xveQ
Jared Verse, EDGE – Florida State
Only a redshirt sophomore transfer from Albany, Verse likely will not declare for the NFL Draft after this season. But if he keeps playing like he did against LSU, it’ll be a tougher decision. He had four total tackles, 1.5 for a loss, a sack, and a blocked field goal attempt.
Jared Verse terrorized Cameron Wire all last night.— John “Winter Soldier” Vogel (@DraftVogel) September 5, 2022
He now has 3 sacks and a blocked FG through the 1st 2 games, but his 7 quarterback pressures against LSU paint a picture of what he can be.
Strong, explosive defender with tremendous upside still. pic.twitter.com/WpOUV1lE0n
Jack Campbell, LB – Iowa
After leading FBS in tackles last year, Jack Campbell was named a preseason All-American. He has a nose for the ball, has solid hitting power, and moves well in space. The senior had 12 total tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss in a win over the South Dakota State Jackrabbits.
Bentlee Sanders, CB – Nevada
A fifth-year transfer to Nevada, Bentlee Sanders plays hard despite his small stature. Sanders racked up five tackles, two interceptions, including a pick six, and a forced fumble in the Wolf Pack’s win over Texas State. Sanders also has some experience as returner that should improve his value as a draft prospect.
Congrats to former Tampa Catholic Crusader Bentlee Sanders @2Bsanders0 (Nevada) on being named the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week! Bentlee had 5 Tackles 2 (2 TFL) 2 Interceptions and 1 Forced Fumble 1 of the Interceptions was Returned for a Touchdown! ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/WGcG2hdOSU— Tampa Catholic Football ⚔️ (@TC_Football) September 5, 2022
Christopher Smith, S – Georgia
If his game against Oregon is any indication, Christopher Smith could be an impactful safety at the next level. In a blowout win over the Ducks, Smith had six total tackles, one for a loss, and an interception. His entire skillset was on display as he showed impressive range, instincts, and tackling ability.