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Week 2: Booms and Busts

Sunday, September 9, 2018


Week 2 Booms


Ole Miss QB Jordan Ta’amu -- 448 passing yards and 5 touchdowns -- vs. SIU: Southern Illinois had no chance stopping Ta’amu and his loaded receiving weapons. On his way to the 76-41 win, Ta’amu connected on big play touchdowns of 30, 50, 38, and 46 yards with the final touchdown coming from inside the five. With A.J. Brown, D.K. Metcalf, Demarkus Lodge, and Braylon Sanders creating mismatches out wide, this Ole Miss offense has some serious firepower, and they will need it when they host No. 1 Alabama next week. This probably won’t be the last time Ta’amu makes an appearance on this list.


Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond -- 430 passing yards and 3 touchdowns -- vs. Clemson: This was arguably the best quarterback performance of Week 2 considering his production came against last year’s second best defense on a per pass attempt basis (5.7 YPA allowed). The sophomore quarterback entered the game with zero room for error with Nick Starkel breathing down his back, but Mond thrived under pressure on his way to absurd 10.75 yards per attempt -- which was more than double what Clemson allowed in 2017. After a couple big plays late in the game, the Aggies fell just short of the upset win by failing to convert a two-point attempt that would have forced overtime. Despite the loss, this was as encouraging of a performance for Mond and Texas A&M, who will play Louisiana-Monroe next weekend.


Missouri QB Drew Lock -- 398 passing yards and 4 touchdowns -- vs. Wyoming: This Wyoming defense is legit -- they only allowed 0.8 passing touchdowns per game last year -- so Lock throwing for four is impressive. In the final three quarters, Lock and the Tigers hung up 37 points, which was more than their team implied total of 35.75. Most of Lock’s production game in the red zone, as he completed 19, 12, and 14 yard touchdown passes but also ran for a touchdown himself from 12 yards away. Through two games, Lock has eight touchdowns and no interceptions. Missouri goes on the road to take on Purdue next weekend before taking on Georgia.


Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor -- 253 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns -- vs. New Mexico: Taylor (5’11/221) is looking like the Heisman favorite early into the season with five rushing touchdowns in two games on a Wisconsin team that should flirt with 10 wins. In yesterday’s 45-14 win, Taylor averaged 7.7 yards per carry on his 33 attempts while scoring all three touchdowns inside the red zone -- 16, five, and four yarders to be exact. As a freshman last year, Taylor ran for 1,977 yards and 13 touchdowns. He is must watch television at this point and will be so again next weekend when the Badgers take on BYU.


Oregon State RB Jermar Jefferson -- 238 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns -- vs. Southern Utah: In last week’s Booms and Busts, Oregon State starting running back Artavis Pierce made an appearance after a 168 yard and two touchdown performance on the road against Ohio State. But Pierce left the game early with an elbow injury this weekend and Jefferson (5’11/190) filled in fantastically. The true freshman tied Oregon State’s single game rushing touchdown record and finished third in the rushing yards department. That is as good of a performance as the young athlete could dream of this early into his career. If Pierce can’t suit up, look for the former three-star to have another workhorse performance against the beatable Nevada defense.


Miss. State RB Kylin Hill -- 211 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns -- vs. Kansas State: There were “Kylin Hill for Heisman” tweets yesterday after his performance, and why not. Hill has adapted to Joe Moorhead’s offense perfectly through two weeks, as he has entered Moorhead’s Saquon Barkley role for Mississippi State. In the 31-10 road win, Hill averaged 12.4 yards per carry -- that’s better than last week’s 5.6 YPC -- and scored another receiving touchdown just like he did last week. With former starter Aeris Williams loggin zero (!!!) touches yesterday, it is safe say Hill will put up monsterous numbers the rest of the season. He gets Louisiana-Lafayette next Saturday, and he is a major threat for touchdowns and another 100+ yard game.


Colorado WR Laviska Shenault Jr. -- 177 receiving yards and 1 touchdown -- vs. Nebraska: Shenault (6’2/200) literally made his head coach scream for joy in his emotional post-game interview as the Buffalo went into Nebraska for a nail biting win. The breakout receiver was the reason they pulled off the win. With just over one minute remaining, Shenault showcased his NFL build and skills as he brought in a 40 yard touchdown pass from Steven Montez. The athletic receiver is up to a 21-388-2 receiving line in just two games. The sophomore has as much upside as any receiver in college football and will get to show it next weekend against New Hampshire.


Ole Miss WR A.J. Brown -- 158 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns -- vs. SIU: If Jordan Ta’amu is going to make the Booms List, we all know A.J. Brown will too. Widely considered the top wide receiver prospect in college football, Brown (6’1/225) caught eight balls in the game that went over 100 total points. A weapon that can play both outside and in the slot, there basically is no answer… especially if you are Southern Illinois. Brown’s first touchdown came from in the slot on a fourth down play where burned the corner for a 38-yard score. His second end zone appearance included running by both the corner and the safety on his way to a 46-yard score. Every NFL scout will watch A.J. Brown’s tape next weekend against No. 1 Alabama, so it’s an important game for the potential top-10 overall pick. It will be a fun one to watch.


Colorado State WR Preston Williams -- 154 receiving yards and two touchdowns -- vs. Arkansas: Colorado State will find themselves in shootouts a lot this year with the way their defense and offense are playing through three games (remember they played Week 0). The redshirt junior and former five-star recruit hauled in 12 passes against the SEC opponent, including two red zone grabs that went for touchdowns. Already with 27 receptions and four touchdowns, Williams (6’4/210) is turning into one of the nation’s most productive receivers. Things will get tougher against Florida next Saturday, but the Rams will need Williams to show out once again if they plan on moving the ball with any rhythm.


Week 2 Busts


Notre Dame QB Brandon Wimbush -- three interceptions and -7 rushing yards -- vs. Ball State: Notre Dame won what should have been a blow out by just one score despite Wimbush’s performance. The redshirt junior tossed three interceptions -- there were other dropped interceptions too -- and found no running room on his 11 carries. This was a concerning effort by a quarterback who some considered a Heisman longshot. If Notre Dame wants to sneak into the College Football Playoff, Wimbush will need to play better. What would help him out is the offensive line improving. Let’s see if that happens against Vanderbilt next weekend.


Purdue quarterbacks -- 135 passing yards and one touchdown -- vs. Eastern Michigan: Simply put, Purdue can’t lose at home to Eastern Michigan and that’s exactly what happened on Saturday after both David Blough and junior Elijah Sindelar couldn’t move the ball. Fifth-year senior David Blough received the start, but only managed 4.8 yards per attempt and failed to score. Then Sindelar came in and laid an egg by only scoring once despite being 15-point favorites at one. What makes the performance even more disappointing was the failure to get freshman Rondale Moore the ball… well ughhh more! After looking like the best player on his team last week, Moore only caught three passes and ran the ball twice. With the tragic quarterback play, it would be smart to force feed their dynamic weapon. Maybe that will happen next week when they try to keep up with Missouri’s Drew Lock, but good luck.


Memphis QB Brady White -- 145 passing yards and zero touchdowns -- vs. Navy: There were a lot of things working against White -- who was a Week 1 Boom with five touchdowns and 358 yards -- in this matchup. Most notably was Navy’s ability to hold onto the ball and milk drives. When the game ended, Navy was in possession of the ball for 43 minutes, but the rainy conditions and playing on the road also didn’t help. If Darnell Henderson wasn’t so great on the ground -- 212 rushing yards and three touchdowns -- then the Tigers wouldn’t have moved the ball much at all. With one huge game and one disappointment, the Brady White roller coaster rolls onto Georgia State next.


Iowa State RB David Montgomery -- 44 rushing yards and zero touchdowns -- vs. Iowa: Things weren’t going to be easy on the road against a rival with a stingy defense, but Montgomery didn’t play too well. He turned his 17 carries into just 44 yards and that includes an 11 yard gain. Remove that scamper, and the elite runner only managed 2.1 yards per carry. This was a rough beginning to what should be a fantastic 2018 campaign after Montgomery ran for 1,146 yards and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore. Pro Football Focus’ top running back will try to get things going next week against Oklahoma. He could show off his receiving skills in that one.


West Virginia WR David Sills V -- 33 receiving yards and zero touchdowns -- vs. Youngstown State: Will Grier added four touchdowns and 332 passing yards to his Heisman campaign but only two passes for 33 yards went to Sills. Games like this happen for receivers but when you put up 7-140-2 against Tennessee in the opener after scoring 18 touchdowns last year, expectations are always lofty. Instead of Sills being the No. 1 option, Marcus Simms and Greg Jennings Jr. stepped up in the 52-17 win. Sills is as good of a bet as any receiver to find the end zone against NC State next Saturday.  


USC QB J.T. Daniels -- zero touchdowns and two interceptions -- vs. Stanford: A true freshman that could still be in high school, Daniels played poorly against Pac-12 North rival Stanford. After giving Trojans fans a scare by going to the locker room with a throwing hand injury, Daniels returned to the game but couldn’t get anything going. Stanford did a good job of making Daniels uncomfortable, which led to two late turnovers that ruined any hope -- there was barely any at the time -- of a comeback. The Trojans only managed three points in the snooze fest, which was the fewest points USC scored against Stanford since 1941 when Franklin D. Roosevelt was the US President. After the game, coach Clay Helton said Daniels has a bone bruise, but he is expected to be available at Texas next week. If not, dual-threat sophomore Matt Fink will try to take down the Longhorns.




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