Week 3 of College Football had plenty of big performances and some disappointing performances as well. We will look at what happened in Week 3 and some players to watch out for in Week 4.
Week 3 Review
Jake Haener, QB Fresno State
Haener has thrown for over 300 yards in three out of four games, and in that other game, it was a meagerly 298 yards against Oregon. He came close to the upset against Oregon, but against #13 UCLA, Haener threw a game-winning TD in the last 15 seconds. With 10 TDs and only one INT, Haener is playing at a very high level, and his most formidable opponents are behind him. The stats should continue to pile up and raise his draft stock.
TreVeyon Henderson, RB Ohio State
Henderson had a highlight play in week one against Minnesota and then added another TD in a Week 2 loss to Oregon. But he may have taken the starting job forever after his performance against Tulsa. With Miyan Williams not playing this game, Henderson had 24 carries with 277 yards and three TDs. He broke freshman records and helped Ohio State survive a struggling passing game. It will be interesting if Ryan Day rides the talented young RB the rest of the season with inconsistent QB play.
Tyler Goodson, RB Iowa
Fifth-ranked Iowa kept rolling on Saturday with a 30-7 win over Kent State, and Goodson had his best game of the year with 153 yards and three TDs. Goodson only has one game over 100 yards so far but five TDs on the season. As long as Iowa keeps winning, he should continue to see the spotlight more. He is on pace to have his highest amount of rushing yards in a season and is an underrated RB that could rise and be a name to watch in next year’s draft.
Josh Downs, WR North Carolina
North Carolina had an offensive explosion against Virginia with 59 total points, and Downs was Sam Howell’s favorite target. This was his best game of the season with 203 yards and two TDs and accounts for over 43% of the team’s receptions and receiving yards. Downs has 31 targets this season, and with no other receiver stepping up, it does not look like he will slow down anytime soon.
Week 4 Preview
Spencer Rattler, QB Oklahoma
Rattler came into the year with high expectations but so far has not met those expectations. He has only thrown two INTs but has made the same reckless decisions that plagued him at times last year. Rattler is only throwing for a little over 250 yards a game, which is 51st in the NCAA. This week Oklahoma takes on a West Virginia team that upset Virginia Tech and only allows 235 pass yards per game. This is a good test for Rattler, and he needs to start playing better if he wants to be the first QB taken in 2022.
Kyren Williams, RB Notre Dame
In Week 3, The Fighting Irish were able to have a more comfortable win than the first two weeks. Williams continues to be a dual-threat for the Irish, with over 130 yards and two TDS against Purdue. He has over 100 total yards in each of the first three games, and if he can continue that this week against Wisconsin, he could move up to be the third RB in the 2022 class.
Treylon Burks, WR Arkansas
Burks has always struggled with consistent numbers because of the poor QB play at Arkansas. He has been dinged up this year and has been held under 50 yards in both of his first games. So it was nice to see him finally get going against Georgia Southern with 127 yards and a TD. This week he faces a strong Texas A&M defense, and a strong outing would surely help his draft stock. Many look at all his tools, but NFL teams will be watching to see him refine his game for the next level.
Will Shipley, RB Clemson
It is no secret that the Clemson offense has started 2021 struggling and that continued in week three against Georgia Tech. D.J. Ulagalelei has not looked comfortable, and the passing game has been meager. Clemson has won by utilizing the running game. Shipley was not very involved in Week 1 against Georgia, but he has had over 80 yards rushing in the last two games and four TDs. It will be interesting to see if Clemson starts using Shipley more in the passing game as he only has three receptions all year. Shipley has taken over the backfield and will continue his success against NC State, who is top 10 in the NCAA in rush defense.
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