Clemson vs. Texas A&M
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
5/9 93 Yards, 1 TD, 2 Carries, -1 Yards
The golden-locked freshman phenom gave the nation a glimpse into the future on his first pass of the game at Kyle Field. Lawrence whipped a perfectly weighted pass out to his go-to guy in Tee Higgins, which resulted in a 64-yard TD thanks to a remarkable effort by Higgins. These two seem to be developing a nice chemistry, which is downright scary for the rest of college football. Lawrence, however, failed to get rolling in front of a crowd of 105,000 fans after the touchdown pass. He mishandled a shotgun snap and didn’t look comfortable from the pocket, resulting in Kelly Bryant handling all of the 4th quarter snaps. T-Law will have plenty of opportunities to continue his adjustment to the college game, as Clemson has Georgia Southern next up on the schedule.
Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
8 Carries, 44 Yards, 1 TD, 3 Catches, 23 Yards
Despite limited touches, Etienne put his toughness and physicality display on nearly every play vs A&M. On several occasions, he literally ran through would-be tacklers, as he showed his incredible contact balance and lower body strength. ETN scored his TD on a quick pitch in which he had plenty of burst to get to the edge. It would make sense for the Tigers to eliminate their RBBC approach and commit more touches to the most talented player in their backfield.
— Jason DiRienzo (@allpurposescout) September 11, 2018
Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
3 Catches, 123 Yards, 1 TD
Higgins had one of the most impressive individual plays of the year on Clemson’s first play of the 2nd Quarter. Trevor Lawrence teed up Tee for a sideline jump ball in double coverage and then Higgins went to work. The full skillset was on display, skying high to suck the football in with soft hands, displaying the body control to land with balance and parlaying that into a spin move to break free into the open field. This receiver has nearly every desirable trait in the book and may be the most naturally gifted receiver in Clemson football history.
Trevor Lawrence to Tee Higgins!! 👀👀 Higgins is a dude. pic.twitter.com/I2EyRgFTTB
— Ty Wurth (@WurthDraft) September 8, 2018
Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M
23/40, 430 Yards, 3 TDs, 10 Carries, 33 Yards
Even though A&M lost the game, Saturday was all about the Kellen Mond experience. Mond showed uncanny escapability and pocket presence, inexplicably escaping defenders at times. His strength and agility within the pocket allowed him to extend plays and complete off-platform throws from every possible angle. Mond also displayed a good ability to read coverage and make anticipatory passes, which is always a promising sign from such a young passer. Even though he may not have any one outstanding trait, Kellen possesses an extremely well-rounded skill-set and is certainly a threat with his legs. His stock is currently skyrocketing.
— Football Dungeon (@DuaneLively) September 9, 2018
Trayveon WIlliams, WR, Texas A&M
17 Carries, 31 Yards, 3 Catches, 40 Yards
Trayveon was stymied on the ground all night long in this one. The suffocating interior of Clemson’s D-line afforded him zero daylight, so he can’t be blamed too much for the poor rushing line. It was great to see his continued usage in the passing game, as Williams’ ability and success in that department may be vital to his opportunity at the next level.
Jhamon Ausbon, WR, Texas A&M
3 Catches, 61 Yards
Overshadowed by one of his receiving teammates, Ausbon still managed to come up with several chunk gains vs the Tigers. Ausbon’s strength/physicality is one of his best traits and the big-bodied receiver presented it in a variety of ways in this contest. His length and jump-ball ability is his hallmark, however, and should continue to be highlighted by competent QB play in 2018.
Kendrick Rogers, WR, Texas A&M
7 Catches, 120 Yards, 2 TDs
Kendrick Rogers immediately jumped into the fold as a potential 2018 breakout WR with his inspiring second half performance in the TAMU comeback effort. Rogers’ ball concentration was impeccable, as he adjusted and made grabs in heavy traffic and on tipped passes. The length and size to his game is somewhat reminiscent of former Tulsa receiver Keyarris Garrett. He’ll be a fun one to track in 2018.
Kellen Mond throws a LASER to Kendrick Rogers for the @AggieFootball TD!
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 9, 2018
USC vs. Stanford
J.T. Daniels, QB, USC
16/34 215 Yards, 2 INTs
Daniels first PAC-12 game wasn’t quite as impressive as his first career game. Daniels missed some time early in the first quarter due to a hand injury. Upon his return, he looked like a true freshman making his first appearance vs a legit power 5 team. The future is still extremely bright, but this was expected out of a kid who should be a senior in high school right now. Not to mention he didn’t arrive at USC until fall camp started.
Stephen Carr, RB, USC
10 Car, 52 Yards, 3 Catches, 12 Yards
Carr has had a bit of a disappointing start to his sophomore season. Carr was out-carried by fellow USC running back Aca’Cedric Ware. Carr was expected to be the lead back for the Trojans but thus far, through two games, Ware has nine more carries than Carr. The slow start could be due to missing time in the off-season due to back surgery. If this continues for another couple of games this could get concerning for Carr.
Tyler Vaughns, WR, USC
7 Catches, 84 Yards on 13 Targets
Vaughns was overlooked in the Trojans season opener that saw Daniels and Amon-Ra St. Brown continue their connection dating back to high school. Through two games, Vaughns has seen 25 targets his way but only catching 11 of them so far. Vaughns and the freshman quarterback are still feeling each other out. Vaughns is coming off a season where he caught 76% of his targets that came his way. I would expect to see his catch rate go up as the season progresses.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC
2 Catches, 39 Yards on 6 Targets
A lot like his former high school teammate JT Daniels, Amon-Ra didn’t fair as well as he did in Week 1 versus the Runnin’ Rebels. St. Brown is a big play waiting to happen. He’s one of the more impressive prospects at the receiver position entering college in the last three to four years. St. Brown is an absolute force moving forward. His mentality and skill levels are off the chart.
K.J. Costello, QB, Stanford
16/27 183 Yards, 1 TD
After showing some flashes last season, Costello looks like a quarterback prospect on the rise. In Week 1 against San Diego State, he led the Cardinal offense when Bryce Love was shut down by the Aztecs defense. Costello had a decent game against the Trojans, he led them to a victory over a PAC-12 rival while facing a Trojan defense with a few legit NFL prospects.
Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
22 Carries, 136 Yards, 1 TD
After a horrid Week 1 performance, Love bounced back in a big fashion. Rushing for over a 130 yards against the Trojans defense and looking much better than the previous week. Love is an extremely productive college player that will have a lot of questions coming into the NFL. Due to his size and injury concerns Love will be a very heavily debated player. Used in a proper role, Love can find his niche at the NFL level and provide usage to NFL teams and fantasy owners.