Week 2 of College Football had plenty of big performances and some disappointing performances as well. We will look at what happened in Week 2 and some players to watch out for in Week 3.
Week 2 Review
Sam Howell, North Carolina – Howell had a tough outing vs Virginia Tech and had a nice bounceback against Georgia State. He accounted for 75% of the North Carolina offense with 352 pass yards, 104 rush yards, and 5 TDs. It was nice to see a couple other receivers outside of Josh Downs find some success (Antoine Green & Emery Simmons). Another nicesurprise was Howell’s ability to run the ball with two TDs, including a 62-yard run on a read option. Howell at the next level is not going to be a dual-threat QB but the ability to be capable of running occasionally only helps his Devy value.
Jahmyr Gibbs, Georgia Tech – In a loss to Northern Illinois, Gibbs had 116 yards on 23 touches. With Jordan Yates at QB, Georgia Tech looked much better on offense, even if it was against Kennesaw State. Yates led the offense to 45 points, but Gibbs had 11 touches and accounted for 100 yards. It is a good sign for Gibbs that the offense seems to be running smoother but it will be interesting to check to see if he will get more touches and see more production.
Rakim Jarrett, Maryland – Maryland has come out hot out of the gate and is the eleventh-ranked passing offense averaging 332 yards a game. Against a good West Virginia defense, Jarrett went over 100 yards and a TD. He followed that performance up with 66 yards and a TD against Howard. The biggest thing coming into the season for Jarrett was if he could be consistent and has had six receptions in both games. Another positive is that Jarrett is receiving 24% of the target share of this explosive offense.
Wan’Dale Robinson, Kentucky – At Nebraska, Robinson had a little over 700 scrimmage yards in both of his seasons. At Kentucky, through two games, he has almost 300 total yards in two games. He looks on pace to well break his season bests and has shown to be the go-to WR for Kentucky. Starting QB Will Levis has targeted Robinson 17 times out of his total 44 attempts. Robinson’s Devy value can continue to go up if he can continue this production against the tougher SEC competition.
Week 3 Preview
TreVeyon Henderson, Ohio State – Henderson only received two carries in the first week versus Minnesota but displayed his elite acceleration on a 70-yard TD reception. In Week 2 versus Oregon, Henderson was second in carries behind Miyan Williams, 14 to 12, but did get a rushing TD. It looks like the tide is turning and against Tulsa, Henderson might take the lead back role quicker than many thought.
Rachaad White, Arizona State – In week 1, White and DeaMonte Trayanum scored two TDs and were almost even in carries. White, in Week 2, took the lead back role as Trayanum didn’t play and scored two TDs along with 131 yards on 27 touches. As long as Trayanum is active, there will be a shared backfield but from past games, both can produce. In 2020 the carries were pretty evenly split but White received most of the targets out of the backfield. It will be intriguing to watch if White can have three straight games of multiple TDs when he faces BYU.
Tank Bigsby, Auburn – Bigsby rushed for over 100 yards again vs Alabama State and is averaging over 10 yards per carrying through two games. He only has one reception, but that may be more because Auburn won convincingly, and Bigsby was not needed for the whole game. Auburn gets a tougher test against Penn State on Saturday and another big performance will help Bigsby be one of the top backs in the Heisman race.
Bryce Young, Alabama – Alabama has had two straight blowouts and Young has been very impressive in both. Young has not even had to run and has put up over 500 yards and seven TDs. This week, when Alabama heads to Gainesville, Young will get the first test on the road against the Gators. The Gator’s defense was bad last year and early on at least look a little improved. If Young can have another dominating performance in a hostile environment, he may start to creep up in Devy rankings closer to DJU and move up in odds for the Heisman.
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