Dame’s Dudes: Top 2022 NFL Draft prospects from CFB Week 2

09/15/2021
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Here we are again, friends. Another week of exciting and climatic college football in the books. As we head toward the incoming weekend’s slate of games. Last week, I unveiled the beginning of my top performers of the week series. There were plenty of options to consider. Here are Dame’s Dudes of week two.

  • Josaiah Stewart, DE, Coastal Carolina

Listed at 6 foot 2, 245 pounds, Josaiah Stewart was a menace against the Kansas Jayhawks. He was a consistent presence in the Jayhawks’ backfield all game. Per Sports Info Solutions, Stewart finished the game with seven tackles, four solo tackles, three and a half sacks, and seven pressures. Stewart is a toolsy freshman with a bright future ahead of him.

  • Chris Rodriguez, RB, Kentucky

The epitome of a bulldozer, Chris Rodriguez. The 224-pound bruiser is the engine for the Wildcats offense. Against Missouri, Rodriguez rushed for 206 yards on 27 carries, averaging over seven yards-per-carry. He set the tone for the offense. Missouri’s defense could not find an answer for the Wildcats battering ram. Behind this talented offensive line paired with an explosive passing attack, Rodriguez may be one of Dame’s Dudes again.

  • Calvin Austin III, WR, Memphis

Explosive, dynamic, shifty, and speedy, these can be used to describe Memphis receiver Calvin Austin III. He is coming off a ridiculous performance against Arkansas State. Austin put on a showcase that details what makes him an offensive weapon. He possesses a good release package against press-man coverage. With his first-step explosion, Austin is able to win quickly, take leverage, and stack defensive backs.

He finished the game with six receptions for 239 yards and three touchdowns. Austin averaged a whopping 39.8 yards per reception. If he continues to produce in this fashion, he will continue to rise in draft rankings. For now, he is one of Dame’s Dudes.

  • Zach Evans, RB, TCU

The Hornfrogs sophomore star running back was phenomenal against Cal. Zach Evans is one of the top backs in a top-heavy 2023 NFL draft class. Evans rushed for 183 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown. He averaged 8.3 yards-per-carry and 128 yards came after contact. Therefore, he showcased his game has more than open-field speed.

In the above tweet, Evans displayed his game-breaking speed, cutting ability, and loose/oily hips to never lose speed or traction. It is certain he will put up more productive outings. TCU has a star and the light will continue to shine brighter as his experience grows.

  • Treyson Potts, RB, Minnesota

Minnesota’s offense seemed to have lost its identity after star RB Mohamed Ibrahim suffered a season-ending leg injury. Insert Treyson Potts. As a result, he stepped in and put the offense on his back. Quarterback Tanner Morgan threw the ball 17 times all game. Therefore, forcing the ball into the belly of Potts.

His carries doubled Morgan’s passing attempts. He carried the ball 34 times for 178 yards for two touchdowns. Potts ran with physicality, quickness, decisiveness, and a purpose. Can Potts handle this heavy workload for the remainder of the season? That remains to be seen. He performed at a high level and his impact was game-altering.

In case you missed it, check out last week’s list of Dame’s Dudes. Dame’s Dudes: The best college performers of week one (cover1.net)

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