Each week of the college football season @pacificscouting and @DFF_BMack will review the college football week that was. We will regularly bring you our favorite performances, biggest disappointments and most pleasant surprises.
Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon, 2017
19 rushes for 138 yards, 3 rush TDs, 1 reception for 13 yards
Freeman continues to impress and looks like a different player from last year. Despite Oregon’s struggles and offensive woes, Freeman is still a very bright spot on their roster. He is a player I’m very excited about in the upcoming draft and his stock is still rising. Freeman popped off 138 rushing yards and tacked on 3 touchdowns in their Saturday loss to Washington State. Although the Cougars don’t have much of a defense, I was impressed with the way Freeman was able to do it returning to game action from a leg injury. His burst is there and I think his lateral quickness is very underrated. He moves extremely well for a bigger back. His 8.3 ypc average will be tested this coming weekend against the Washington Huskies stout defense and it’s a match up I’ll be watching closely.
Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU, 2017
30 rushes for 286 yards, 5 rush TDs
Williams, who withdrew from BYU before the 2015 season, is back and he’s reclaimed the role of feature back. He’s been up and down so far this season, but he toted the rock 30 times against Toledo for a school record 286 yards and 5 TDs Friday night. At 6’2″ and 220 pounds, Williams’ size, speed and explosiveness was just too much for Toledo. Two short touchdown runs gave BYU an early 21-7 lead. As the game unfolded and turned into a shoot-out, Williams seemingly had an answer for every Toledo score. The talent in this 2017 RB class is endless and Williams has officially added his name to the short list.
Jehu Chesson, WR, Michigan, 2017
5 receptions for 52 yards, 2 rushes for 8 yards
Chesson had a very underwhelming outing against Wisconsin. I know there wasn’t much offense throughout the game, but I was expecting Chesson to make some noteworthy plays. I wanted to see him improve on his route running this season but he’s still rounding off too many of his routes and creating very little separation at the line of scrimmage as well as at the top of his routes. With the type of speed he has, I expect him to get behind the defense once in a while and he hasn’t managed to do so at the rate he did last year. Against Wisconsin, Chesson had 5 catches for 52 yards, and furthermore, he only has a total of 197 receiving yards on the season. At one point, I looked at him as one of the better wide receivers in this class but he needs to show a lot more moving forward. He’s on a down-slide for now, and if he can’t bounce back against the Scarlet Knights this weekend, I’ll be very disappointed.