For the past few years, my “Six From Saturday” notes have been included at the bottom of my MMQB column on Monday mornings. This year, they will be published as a separate post each week.
Here are my thoughts on college action this weekend, geared mostly toward what NFL fans should be interested in.
1) Saturday night in an unspeakable game between the Big 10 and MAC, Ohio State QB CJ Stroud — by the level of his throws, ball position, and ability to buy time for himself to find an all-star crew of receivers — seemed like the first choice in the draft. He’s going to have to be a lot more consistent to get there, of course, but his play just highlighted, to me, how we haven’t seen these kinds of shows yet at this early stage of the college season from the supposed first group. Check the numbers from Saturday.
- Alabama QP Bryce Young (versus Louisiana Monroe): 13 of 18, 236 yards, three TDs, two INTs.
- Kentucky QB Will Levis (versus Youngstown): 27 of 35, 377 yards, two TDs, two INTs.
- Miami QB Tyler Van Dyck (versus Texas A&M): 21 of 41, 217 yards.
- Florida QP Anthony Richardson (versus South Florida): 10 of 18, 112 yards, two intelligences.
This, by the way, is not to discredit these men; Stroud had problems playing it Notre Dame earlier in the year. I just think, having spoken with members of the NFL about this in the past few months, there is a lot of hope for the 2023 group, but not much is set in stone. So yeah, I think this set will be better than last year – when we get to March and April. How much is better, and which guys get out of the group, it remains to be seen.
2) And while we are there, A real sophomore at USC Caleb Williams, Who came to Los Angeles from Oklahoma With Lincoln Riley, he deserves to have it on your radar for 2024. He was excellent as a freshman last year because sooner he completed 74.4% of his 874-yard throws, eight touchdowns and didn’t pick in three games. Sure, the games were against Rice, Stanford and Fresno State — and while this isn’t an easy start as some powerhouse schedules, there’s also not some big testing there. However, Williams’ quick adjustment to his new surroundings is remarkable. And his tools, as a quarterback and as an athlete, are top notch. So again, keep an eye on him.
3) If Nebraska chaos He underscores how much more difficult it would be for NFL coaches fired from landing in college than it was before. The Search for mummies training is already going on. And if they moved like USC, LSU, Oklahoma and Notre Dame last year, it would be over before the NFL season. USC and LSU poached buses from Oklahoma and Notre Dame, respectively, by December 1 of last year. Four days later, on December 5, Oklahoma and Notre Dame were replaced. For context, the same date this year is Monday of week 13. Meaning when we get to that point on the calendar, there will still be five weeks left in the NFL season. So if she wanted Nebraska, for example Matt Rowley– And Rhule wasn’t fired before mid-season – Maybe the Huskers should ask him to pull Bobby Petrino to come over. And it would be hard to see another coach do that after one’s mess.
4) Clemson pulled away in the second inning, but the Tigers’ lead over Louisiana Tech (which lost to Missouri by four touchdowns) was only 13-6 in the inning. And so it’s perfectly fair to ask, when you add that to the slow development of quarterback DJ Uiagalelei, if it’s time for a change of staff. And I’m not just talking about one coach in attack. Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence were both playing Clemson by a very large margin of error from 2014-20, but what we’ve seen since then doesn’t look the same.
5) Georgia has a lot of pros in offense (you already know about defense), so I know that Stetson BennettHe has a lot of help. But it’s hard not to wonder if there’s going to be an impressive 10-year career in the NFL as a backup and a start. This is where a lot of his experience – leaving Georgia, coming back, getting in and out of the squad – can be really valuable. Physically, he might be petite and not overwhelming in any class, but it seems to me that, at least, he has enough to come out in cool Chase Daniel’s style in the pros.
6) One final note, and I’m saying this knowing that it’s possible that there may be a new player who isn’t playing and could develop into one – Alabama, for the first time in half a decade may not have a first-round future on its roster. And that, I think, might actually help the NFL teams evaluate Young before the April draft.
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