Dame’s Dudes: Running backs headlines CFB’s Week 9 Top Performers

11/02/2021
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Another week of college football is in the books.

We are inching closer and closer to the NFL draft season. Prospects are jostling for positioning on draft boards and rankings. As usual, we are here to discuss my top college performers of the week. These NFL draft prospects are known as “Dame’s Dudes”.

You can check out Week 8’s 2022 NFL prospects and performers here.

  • Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State

This name seems awfully familiar. Kenneth Walker is no stranger to Dame’s Dudes.

Walker is my biggest and faster rising NFL draft prospect. Against in-state rival Michigan, the Michigan State runner put the offense on his back and carried them to erase a 16 point deficit. Walker attacked the Wolverines defense between the tackles on the split-action zone and the perimeter with stretch runs.

He finished the day with 195 yards rushing on 22 carries and five touchdowns. Walker was difficult to corral in space for the wolverine’s defense. As a result, 146 yards came after contact. He has an innate stop/start ability that will lose defenders. As we near closer to the end of the regular season, Walker is a prospect that should garner an abundance of attention for the NFL Draft.

  • Tyler Badie, RB, Missouri

Another familiar face/name from the previous Dame’s Dudes list. Again, Tyler Badie had a fantastic outing. This season, Missouri clearly views him as a three-down bell cow for their offense. As a result, Badie averages 25 touches a game in the SEC. Badie is extremely dynamic in open-field and runs with good contact balance. Especially for a 194 pound running back.

Badie leads the nation in rushing for Week 9 with 254 yards on 31 carries, and two touchdowns. As I stated earlier, he runs with good contact balance and pad level. As a result, 141 of his rushing yards came after contact. The senior running back has been an outstanding dual-threat weapon for the Tigers’ offense. I believe he will garner more attention and fanfare once we enter NFL Draft season.

  • Tyler Allgeier, RB, BYU

Seems like a trend of previous members making their return. Tyler Allgeier has answered the bell this season without his old quarterback Zach Wilson. As things change, others choose to improve. Allgeier has performed well in key moments for the Cougars’ offense. Against the Virginia Cavaliers, Allgeier was a dominant and unstoppable force.

He displayed his good vision, physicality, and contact balance. He fought through arm tackles, weaved in/out of traffic, and showcased his speed. He carried the ball 29 times for 266 yards and five touchdowns. Virginia’s defense had no answer for the under-recruited BYU star. If he declares for the 2022 NFL Draft, he will be an interesting back to keep tabs on.

  • Sam Howell, QB, UNC

There has been a revolving discussion regarding the quarterbacks in the 2022 NFL Draft class. Sam Howell is the catalyst for the Tarheels offense. Against the eleventh-ranked Fighting Irish, Howell’s offense traded scores in a shootout. The Tarheels offense delivered a balanced attack. This includes the approach of their signal-caller.

Howell put the team on his back and went down swinging. He completed 24 of his 32 passes for 341 yards and one touchdown. Howell has consistently gashed teams on the ground. This continued against Notre Dame. He rushed for 91 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown. He was efficient as a passer and reliable on the ground. No one knows who will be the first quarterback selected in the NFL Draft, but Howell is showcasing the flashes worthy of the top spot.

  • Felix Anudike-Uzomah, DE, Kansas State

One performance I could not ignore came via Kansas State freshman defensive end, Felix Anudike-Uzomah. He wreaked havoc on TCU’s offensive line all day. The Hornfrogs quarterback Max Duggan could not escape the grasp of Uzomah. 

Uzomah showcased his first-step quickness, ability to hand fight, and convert speed-to-power. Originally, Uzomah matched a Division I sack record with six but the NCAA ruled two of them forced fumbles that went past the line of scrimmage. They deem those sacks would not be counted. Since this is my forum, I am awarding Uzomah with all six sacks and both forced fumbles. He was a dominant and unblockable force. Again, he is a freshman and not eligible for the 2022 NFL Draft. He will garner attention and expectations going forward with his collegiate career.

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