Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah rushed for 229 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries in Saturday's 10-point win over Miami.
Abdullah is going to get a ton of work this season, because Bo Pelini and his staff can't trust Tommy "No Arm" Armstrong Jr. to have the ball in the air against quality opponents. Instead, they'll feed Abdullah. And, as long as he isn't facing eight-man boxes every play, he should produce just fine. On Saturday, Miami didn't have a chance. We see Abdullah as a mid-round selection.
Miami junior RB Duke Johnson had 18 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's loss against Nebraska.
Johnson added five catches for 84 yards. He still hasn't cracked the century mark in rushing yards this year, though his average of 6.1 yards per carry isn't too far off his 6.3 mark from last year, or the 6.8 average he posted in 2012. Johnson has finished between 90-97 yards in each game, and now has 370 yards and three touchdowns in 61 carries.
Clemson senior edge rusher Vic Beasley won Saturday's matchup against Florida State senior LT Cameron Erving, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.
Erving was the superior player early in the game, but "Beasley's rare burst and underrated combination of hand play and upper body strength began to take over," Rang wrote. Beasley, who was held to two tackles and no sacks in this game last year, had two sacks in the first half on Saturday. "At 6-foot-2, 235 pounds, Beasley is often characterized as just a pass rusher," Rang wrote. "As such, he's been projected by many, including NFLDraftScout.com, as a potential outside linebacker convert. Due to his size, Beasley is likely to be one of the more hotly debated prospects inside NFL scouting circles. Given today's pass-happy offenses, clubs are increasingly willing to trade explosiveness for size among pass rushers, as top 15 selections over the past four years of Von Miller (6-3, 250), Bruce Irvin (6-3, 248), Barkevious Mingo (6-4, 240) and Khalil Mack (6-3, 247) suggest."
CBS Sports' Rob Rang writes that Texas A&M senior T Cedric Ogbuehi is a "phenomenal talent."
"Ogbuehi, like former Auburn standout Greg Robinson a year ago, is a phenomenal talent with the light feet, balance and long arms to project as a star left tackle in the NFL," Rang wrote. "A veteran of just a handful of starts at left tackle (after starring previously at left guard and right tackle), Ogbuehi boasts the athletic upside that teams find so enticing on draft day." The 6-foot-5, 300-pound senior has outstanding size and athleticism, as well as long arms and quick feet.
Arkansas junior WR Keon Hatcher had six catches for 107 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's win over Northern Illinois.
Everybody knows by now that the 3-1 Razorbacks can run the rock with anybody, but they also have one of the country's most underrated passing attacks, led by Hatcher. The junior's stats might not drop your jaw at the end of the season, but that is more of a function of Bret Bielema's offensive philosophy than anything else. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported earlier this month that Arkansas Hatcher will likely make himself available for the 2015 draft. Pauline graded Hatcher as a Rds. 2-3 prospect. "To say I like the game of Hatcher is an understatement. He’s a well sized receiver who can take over games. Hatcher’s consistent and wins out for contested passes," Pauline wrote.
Pittsburgh senior OG Matt Rotheram was "quite literally a big reason behind [James] Conner's 155 yards" in Saturday's loss to Iowa, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.
"Matching up for much of the game against potential All-Big Ten defensive tackle Carl Davis, Rotheram showed off his own veteran savvy, demonstrating the combination of size (6-foot-5, 340 pounds), strength and quickness to possibly earn late-round consideration," Rang wrote. "Rotheram frustrated Davis, allowing him to occasionally slip inside only to seal him from the action. One of the few opponents actually bigger than the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Davis, Rotheram also did a nice job of simply bulldozing the Iowa defensive tackle off the line of scrimmage. Rotheram showed good agility and balance in pass protection against Davis, as well." Rotheram got beat inside by a speed rush on a critical 4th-down pass late in the game, illustrating what he must work on to improve his projection.
Mississippi State redshirt senior WR Jameon Lewis caught five balls for 116 yards for a touchdown in Saturday's 34-29 win over LSU.
Because Mississippi State opened the year against Southern Miss, UAB and Southern Alabama, Lewis wasn't able to pile up stats in the second halves of games. Needed to step up for the first time in 2014, Lewis did in a big way, regularly torching Tigers' defensive backs. The 5-foot-9, 187-pound Lewis entered his final year of eligibility with 2,819 all-purpose yards and 14 touchdowns. CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote over the summer that size limitations were going to limit Lewis' upside in the NFL, but added that scouts would love Lewis' "versatility and playmaking ability."
Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Dak Prescott completed 15-of-24 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 34-29 upset win over LSU.
He also ran for 105 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. With the three-headed offensive trio of Prescott, RB Josh Robinson and WR Jameon Lewis, supported by a stellar defense, Mississippi State is suddenly looking like a dangerous SEC contender. Prescott is one of the conference's -- and country's -- most dangerous dual-threat playmakers. CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote over the summer that Prescott "has a live arm and good field vision."