Welcome to my first-time readers. If you have joined me before, welcome back. As we progress through the college football season, I will pick the best college performers each week. These performances earn a spot as one of Dame’s Dudes!
If you missed the group of performers of Week 2, click here.
Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss
Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral was dominant against Tulane. Corral displayed the dynamic dual-threat traits that command the scout’s attention. We witnessed the arm angles, rushing ability, and explosive passes downfield. He attacked Tulane’s defense on all three levels, accounting for 403 total yards of offense.
Matt Corral bucket ball 🪣
Jonathan Mingo catches the TD
Yes. Golden Corral is a DOG 🐕 https://t.co/I9jNWWyS3b
— The Transfer Portal CFB (@TPortalCFB) September 19, 2021
Corral completed 23 of 31 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns. He added 13 carries for 68 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Seven touchdowns in a single game deserve high praise. In the race for QB1 of the 2022 NFL draft, Matt Corral is off to a hot start. His schedule does not get any easier with Alabama, Arkansas, and Malik Willis down the stretch. If he continues this efficient and explosive play, his name will remain among the best college performers.
After a slow start to his freshman campaign. Ohio State unleashed their explosive running back. TreVeyon Henderson ran like a man on a mission. His impact was huge and the Buckeyes needed it. Their freshman quarterback, C.J. Stroud, has yet to find his footing and the offense lacked an identity. Against Tulsa, it was evident running the ball should be prioritized.
TREVEYON HENDERSON IS A BAAAAAAD MAN! 😤😤😤 pic.twitter.com/j3VrvqYvFb
— Barstool Ohio State (@BarstoolOSU) September 18, 2021
Henderson made big play after big play for OSU’s offense. He carried the ball 24 times for 277 yards and three touchdowns. Henderson showcased his game-breaking speed and footwork in space. He ran with power, contact balance, elusiveness, and explosion. His ability to change directions and cut on demand was on display. The freshman running back had his coming-out party.
Jaylen Warren, RB, Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State’s senior running back Jaylen Warren put the offense on his back last week. The Cowboys’ passing attack was null and void against Boise State. Therefore, the offense ran through Warren all night long. He did a great job reading his blocks and cutting off the defense’s leverage.
Warren showcased his sharp cutting ability and long speed during his 75-yard touchdown scamper. With his physical and powerful running style, the Broncos’ defenders felt his presence for four quarters. Warren rushed for 218 yards on 32 carries and two touchdowns. As a result, he ran the team to victory.
— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 19, 2021
Jaxson Dart, QB, USC
Freshman quarterback Jaxson Dart was thrown into the fire after starting quarterback Kedon Slovis went down with an injury early. Dart did not disappoint in his debut. He threw for the most yards in a USC debut. He went for 391 yards on 46 attempts and four touchdowns. His skillset added a different dimension to this offense.
The Trojans’ offense seemed more explosive with Dart as the signal-caller. He layered the ball on all three levels of the defense. As a result, he finished with 285 air yards. The freshman QB pushed the ball downfield, giving his talented/explosive receivers opportunities to attack vertically. Jaxson Dart came in and performed at a high level. He earned a spot as one of the best college performers.
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 18, 2021
Ty Chandler, RB, North Carolina
Lost in the bounce-back performance by Sam Howell was the tremendous outing by Tennessee transfer Ty Chandler. The Tarheels offense needed balance and received a heavy dose against Virginia. Chandler was able to slash and slice through the Cavaliers’ defense. He was patient reading his blocks and exploded through the lanes.
Chandler rushed for 198 yards on 20 carries for two touchdowns. He was elusive and slippery in space. As a result, he forced eight total missed tackles. He executed the read and cut technique and manipulated defenders. He showcased his toughness, with 126 of his 198 yards coming after contact. Finally, Ty Chandler had his breakout game of the 2021 season. Performances like this will keep you in contention as one of the best college performers.
Ty Chandler's career night continues! 🐏
— ACC Football (@ACCFootball) September 19, 2021