5 Prospects to watch: Notre Dame vs Florida State


College football is underway and in full effect, and Sunday night presents a fun matchup between Notre Dame and Florida State. Both rosters have talented prospects worthy of being drafted next April.

Which prospects am I watching in primetime?

  • Kyren Williams, Notre Dame, RB

Expect the Fighting Irish to lean on Williams this season, as they’re starting a new quarterback in Jack Coan. The Notre Dame star running back finished 2020 as the ninth-leading rusher in the nation with over 1,100 yards. He has a nose for the endzone with 13 rushing touchdowns. Williams possesses the speed to gash defenses for big gains. Therefore, in a talented running back class, Williams can retain his top 3/4 prospects rankings heading into the draft with a big season.

  • ¬†McKenzie Milton, Florida St. QB

UCF’s grad transfer McKenzie Milton is returning to live-action after suffering ligament damage and knee dislocation. The thigh bone and the lower leg bone were completely dislocated, resulting in Milton transferring to Florida State.

Milton was the pilot of an explosive UCF offense. Although he has not been named the starter, Milton is a prospect to watch when he does step onto the field. Can he prove to be the exciting quarterback prospect fans loved pre-injury? I hope so.

  • Jashaun Corbin, Florida St, RB

Listed as the projected starter, Jashaun Corbin has the opportunity to make a name for himself in this game. After spending his first two seasons with Texas A&M, the door has opened to be the lead back for his offense. The six-foot, 200-pound prospect blends speed, open-field elusiveness, and contact balance. Of his 401 rush yards last season, 227 were after contact.

The Seminoles’ offense has been inept for a few seasons. Locating and maintaining a consistent ground game will only benefit their offensive production. Choosing to feed Corbin is a good way to kick-start this philosophy.

  • Jack Kiser, Notre Dame, LB

Junior linebacker, Jack Kiser will be manning the middle of the Fighting Irish’s defense. Therefore, Kiser will be needed to be an impact against the FSU’s rushing attack and play-action pass. He patiently reads his keys before springing towards the ball.

Kiser, a reliable spot dropper in coverage will help protect the middle of the field (MoF) against drag, in-breaking, and crossing routes. His burst allows him to quickly travel from point A to B. Keep an eye on #24 as a potential rising linebacker draft prospect.

  • Amari Gainer, Florida St, LB

Amari Gainer is one of the more athletic and violent strikers in college football. He can play sideline to sideline with tremendous range/speed. His hits resemble a hammer smashing a nail. Gainer is a “body beautiful” prospect with a rocked-up frame. A versatile defender, he can make plays between the hashes or attacking from the edge. Look for defensive coordinator Adam Fuller to allow Gainer to play freely and use his athleticism.

I did mention his tackling abilities right? Here’s an example.

In conclusion, this showdown has the potential to catapult prospects into a strong 2021 season. Momentum cannot be underestimated. This should be a fun and entertaining contest.

Did you miss Russell Brown and I break down this week’s games? Don’t worry, you can always go back and watch it. Cover 1 | The NFL Draft Podcast | Week 1 of College Football