Week 4 of College Football had plenty of big performances and some disappointing performances as well. We will look at what happened in Week 4 and some players to watch out for in Week 5.
Week 4 Review
Malik Willis, QB Liberty
In the first chance to play a P5 opponent this season, Willis started slowly in the first half. He showed some of the throws that have him a rising prospect for the 2022 NFL Draft. He finished with 205 yards passing and three TDs along with 49 rushing yards. This game summed up where he is as a QB, some elite throws, but he can struggle when the first read is taken. Willis will get another chance to impress when he takes on Ole Miss later in the season.
Sean Tucker, RB Syracuse
Tucker had another strong performance this past Friday night against Liberty with a little under 200 total yards and a TD. He has 536 rush yards, 175 receiving yards, and eight total TDs already in 2021. Tucker can run up the middle as well as use his speed to go outside. He looks to exceed all his totals from his Freshman year and is a rising RB prospect for the 2023 NFL Draft because of his versatility as a runner and receiver.
Jordan Addison, WR Pittsburgh
Addison and the potent Pittsburgh offense had another great outing against New Hampshire this week. He had the second straight game with six catches, over 100 yards, and three scores. Through four games, Addison already has two-thirds of his production from a year ago. Early on, he has a higher percentage of targets deep (32% compared to 21% in 2020), and it will be interesting if he can continue when competition stiffens.
Kyle Mccord, QB Ohio State
Kyle Mccord got his shot as the starter against Akron with CJ Stroud ailing with a sore shoulder. Early on, he struggled much like Stroud with inaccurate passes but did settle in. Mccord ended with 319 yards, two TDs, and an INT. While putting up good numbers and making some great throws, the one interception was a badly overthrown ball. It would be interesting if it were enough to get Mccord another start against a better opponent.
Week 5 Preview
Matt Corral, QB Ole Miss
Corral has started strong in 2021 with 997 yards, nine TDs, and 0 INTs. The only issue is that the best pass defense he has faced is Louisville, ranked 103rd in opponent pass yards per game. Corral has been great in avoiding turnovers and will look to keep that up against Alabama in a big SEC West matchup this week. If Corral can keep up the strong season, he could move himself up into the first round in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Desmond Ridder, QB Cincinatti
Cincinnati had a week off after the big win at Indiana in Week 3, and next up is Notre Dame. Ridder struggled against Indiana and looks to put up a better showing against the Fighting Irish. Ridder could help his stock in the 2022 NFL Draft with a big performance, as the top QBs have been underwhelming so far this year. He has not done much in the running game this year, so that could provide a boost in this tough matchup.
Zach Evans, RB TCU
Evans was held out part of the first game against Duquesne because of violating team rules, but he has had back-to-back games with over 100 rushing yards in the last two games. Against SMU, he added 70 yards receiving and was most of the offense for TCU. The question has never been Evans’s talent, but if he can stop the knucklehead things he does off the field. If he continues his strong play on the field, he will be the next RB after the top three in the 2023 loaded RB class.
Jeff Sims, QB Georgia Tech
There was some hype for Sims coming into the season, even by our own Alfred Fernandez, but he was injured against Northern Illinois in his first game. Even before that injury, he was struggling, and it looked like he had lost the job to Jordan Yates. Against North Carolina, with Georgia Tech struggling, Sims was brought in and provided a huge spark and led the team to a huge win. Sims did most of his damage on the ground with 128 rushing yards and three TDs but also had a passing TD and completed 10 of 13 passes. This week Sims will face off against Pittsburgh, and the question is if he can put two good games back to back.
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