Oregon State redshirt senior QB Sean Mannion completed 14-of-30 attempts for 122 yards in Saturday's loss to Stanford.
This was just the second time in 38 starts that Mannion has failed to exceed 200 yards passing. If ever there was a game to illustrate why we've never viewed Mannion as a legitimate NFL prospect, it's this one. Across from a strong, NFL-lite type defense, he looked utterly lost. Mannion is a statuesque pocket passer who drops his eyes in the face of pressure, misses open receivers, and overthrows others. We don't think he'll be drafted.
Stanford redshirt junior WR Devon Cajuste (undisclosed injury) had 50 receiving yards on a pair of receptions Saturday against Oregon State.
Leading up to the game, Cajuste was listed as "questionable to probable." Since Stanford doesn't disclose injury information, we aren't sure what ailment he's been suffering from. Regardless, it appears as though Cajuste won't need to miss any additional field time.
Stanford junior WR Ty Montgomery caught six passes for 73 yards in Saturday's triumph versus Oregon State.
Montgomery hasn't cracked even 90 yards receiving in a game this year, but we wonder how much that has to do with Kevin Hogan's struggles. Regardless, we've never been as high on either Hogan or Montgomery as others. Former NFL GM Phil Savage said earlier this month that he believes Montgomery will be selected in the first round, a statement we don't buy. Montgomery's hands are simply too inconsistent to make that type of commitment.
Stanford redshirt junior QB Kevin Hogan went 18-of-28 passing for 277 yards, two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions in Saturday's victory over Oregon State.
Stanford was uncharacteristically aggressive through the air, leading to almost 10 yards per attempt for Hogan but also a pair of interceptions. The latter number tied Hogan's season high, but it didn't much matter across from an Oregon State outfit that couldn't get out of its own way. Hogan seemed like a lock to enter the draft in the offseason, but a down year has analysts expecting him to return to school to exhaust his eligibility next fall.
Michigan State redshirt senior WR Tony Lippett had three catches for 103 yards and a touchdown against Michigan on Saturday.
He's exceeded 100 receiving yards in four straight games, and six of eight contests overall in 2014. Lippett has also been held out of the end zone only once this year. The 6-foot-2, 189-pounder leads the Big Ten in receiving yards and receiving scores. Lippett is one of the nation's most improved receivers.
Michigan State senior RB Jeremy Langford rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns on 35 carries in Saturday's 35-11 win over Michigan.
Langford uncharacteristically struggled during the school's first three games of the season, but he's dominated ever since, collecting over 100 yards in five straight. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Langford is an underrated prospect. "Langford is a nice sized back (210lbs) with good speed and deceptive quickness," he wrote. "He’s a multi-cut ball carrier with the ability to swing it around the perimeter." The Michigan State prospect finished with 1,422 yards on 4.9 yards a carry last year.
Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook completed 13-of-22 attempts for 227 yards and one touchdown in Saturday's 35-11 win over Michigan.
Cook has only passed for more than 300 yards twice this season, but he's also only been asked to throw the ball even 30 times on three different occasions. The junior's stock is skyrocketing -- CBS Sports' Dane Brugler had the Titans taking Cook No. 5 in his most recent mock draft -- to the point we think it's zoomed past reality. "If he does not improve, Cook can be successful on a team with an outstanding offensive line," Rotoworld's Josh Norris wrote earlier this week. "He can make ridiculous vertical throws from a clean pocket and does not mind targeting receivers in contested situations. But once things break down and he is forced to move off his spot, Cook is in trouble. Finding consistency in a muddled pocket is a key to sustaining success. Cook has yet to show this in skill in consecutive games."
Michigan junior WR Devin Funchess caught five balls for 64 yards in Saturday's loss to Michigan State.
Sometimes, when discussing Funchess, it's easy to blame his middling production on Devin Gardner's inadequacies or his own early-season ankle injury. However, in this game, he cost himself catches, getting jammed at the line of scrimmage, not beating inferior talent in the MSU secondary at the catch point, and appearing at times to pout. During the game, he was called out by ESPN's Todd McShay and former Wolverine great Braylon Edwards. Rotoworld's Josh Norris compares Funchess to Kelvin Benjamin: "Funchess can be a lethal vertical receiver, thanks to his downfield speed and potential catch radius. He might not be quite as consistent Benjamin on 50/50 balls, however, Funchess is better in the short to intermediate areas and after the catch."