Virginia Tech junior QB Jerod Evans completed 24-of-40 attempts for 406 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday night's 39-36 win over Pitt.
He was sensational, carving the Panthers up through the air and adding 33 yards on the ground. For whatever reason, Pitt stacked the box throughout to impede what isn't an otherworldly Virginia Tech ground offense in the first place. What that did was force the Panthers' young corners onto islands against Virginia Tech's tremendous receiving corps. Evans ensured that the mistake would be exploited again and again. Kudos to Evans and Justin Fuente, Game of Thrones Shame Lady to Pat Narduzzi.
Cal redshirt junior WR Chad Hansen (ankle) didn't play against USC on Thursday.
Cal didn't disclose the absence in advance, nor, strangely, did the Berkeley press corps. Same case as last week against Oregon, in other words. The Bears are guarding injury news closely, so we may have another wait-and-see week in store with regards to Hansen's status.
UMass senior TE Adam Breneman snagged nine passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns against South Carolina on Saturday.
Breneman is up to 44 receptions for 484 yards and four touchdowns in eight games. After spending the past few years struggling to see the field at Penn State, Breneman transferred to UMass over the summer using the grad transfer rule.
Rutgers WR Andre Patton "presents match-up problems outside for smaller defensive backs," writes NFL.com's Chad Reuter.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Patton gave a shorter corner, Minnesota cornerback Jalen Myrick, fits on Saturday. "Patton's strider speed, foot quickness, and big body can gain him inside position on deep routes," Reuter wrote. "On one such route, he boxed out Myrick and high-pointed the ball in the end zone for a score."
ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Alabama senior DL Jonathan Allen will go in the top-five of next spring's draft and further thinks the prospect is "in play for the top pick come April."
The 6-foot-3, 294-pound Allen flashed in Alabama's win over Texas A&M on Saturday, famously rumbling to a 30-yard fumble return for a touchdown to seal the victory. "He's a relentless defender, whether he's playing end or tackle. He can play in any scheme," he wrote. I love his power rush, but he has other moves, too. Allen had 12 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss last season, and he could have been a first-round pick then. I don't think he gets out of the top five now." Allen has six sacks this season. If you saw what he did to Texas A&M, you may be inclined to agree with Mr. Kiper.
NFL.com's Bucky Brooks says Virginia junior S Quin Blanding is "is the new prototype at the position as a rangy playmaker with corner-like cover skills and rugged run-stopping ability."
"He plays like a Tasmanian Devil near the box, exhibiting outstanding instincts, awareness and athleticism chasing down runners from sideline to sideline," Brooks wrote. Blanding is coming off a 13-tackle (one TFL) performance against North Carolina on Saturday in a 35-14 loss. "Although the number of tackles is certainly impressive, I was blown away with his hustle and effort in a blowout loss," Brooks wrote. "In a game where many players, particularly top prospects, would shut it down, Blanding's intensity and play speaks volumes about his fire and desire as a playmaker."
Iowa senior DT Jaleel Johnson was impressive in Saturday's loss to Wisconsin, notes NFL.com's Chad Reuterr.
"In the run game, he regularly held up multiple blockers," Reuter wrote. "He even got sacks on two consecutive plays at the end of the third quarter, running over his man both times with explosive movement off the ball, strength and effort." Johnson was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by league coaches and media last year.
An anonymous NFL evaluator says Ole Miss redshirt sophomore WR Damore'ea Stringfellow is a "physical receiver with deceptive speed."
Stringfellow came to Ole Miss via Washington after he was charged with assault and suspended. He's now the Rebels' No. 1 receiver. "Filled in nicely for [Laquon] Treadwell as Chad Kelly’s primary target," the evaluator said. "Nice size. Physical receiver with deceptive speed."