Hope you got to see some games this weekend because many of them were exciting. The Big 12 Championship Game has been one of the most exciting games I have watched in a long time, with the title being decided down to the centimeter. The SEC championship game was competitive for about half a year until Georgia’s impenetrable defense gave way to the likely winner of the Heisman Trophy. My vote for the most entertaining game was the US Conference Championship game. Watching UTSA go up 29 points, then seeing Western Kentucky reduce that to eight and the chance to tie the game late in the game was just a lot of fun.
As the college football season draws to a close, I want to thank everyone for viewing these articles, providing your feedback, and suggesting some players to watch. I should be able to work on profile projects like I’ve been doing for a few years, but if you have any other ideas for articles related to the project, feel free to share them. I am more than happy to contribute to the site.
That said, I want to focus on a few players who scored me last week, especially those who should be draft-eligible at the end of the season. Do not hesitate to add players in the comments that have marked you this week and who you think can help the team.
Stetson Bennett, QB – Georgia
It’s been tough picking a QB for this week with so few games, so many QBs that probably won’t be in the draft this year, and plenty of QBs I’ve written about before. While I think Stetson Bennett is a development prospect who’s had their ups and downs, I think he made some good, accurate shots on the field against Alabama. And as a former 5’11 “, 190 lbs walk-on, he’s easy to put down roots for him. He scored 29 of 48 for 340 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in the SEC Championship game. If the team is sold on Taylor Heinicke as a starter and wants a late development QB, Bennett could fit that mold – maybe he can convince Brock Bowers to come here too.
Sincerely McCormick, RB – UTSA
Over the past two seasons, Sincere McCormick has been one of college football’s most productive running backs. His blend of speed and power was fully on display against Western Kentucky in the US Conference Championship game. He carried the ball 36 times for 204 yards and three touchdowns and caught three passes for 35 yards.
Jameson Williams, WR – Alabama
There is little doubt that Jameson Williams is one of the best wide receivers in college football. The junior may be the fastest wide catcher in the country, but he’s also a great road runner who can take a slope home or take a deep throw down the field. He is also a punt shooter. Georgia didn’t have much of an answer for him. Even with fellow wide receiver John Metchie III out for most of the SEC Championship game, Williams had 184 yards and two touchdowns of seven catches. There should be plenty of talented wide receivers in this year’s draft, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Williams followed in Jaylen Waddle and Devonta Smith’s footsteps and was drafted in the first round.
Tay Martin, WR – State of Oklahoma
Tay Martin didn’t have his best outing against Baylor in the Big 12 Championship game, making just nine catches for 88 yards, but he impressed me with his ability to open up. At 6’3 ”, 190 lbs, it might be difficult for him to get in and out of breaks, but that didn’t seem like a problem for the senior. He also appears to have great athleticism, especially his jumping ability. I expect him to get more attention after NFL Combine or his Pro Day.
Brayden Patton, C – Northern Illinois
In the MAC Championship game, Northern Illinois was able to run 266 yards behind players like Brayden Patton. A senior red shirt, Patton has played all positions on the inside offensive line for the Huskies and at 6’5 ”, 309 lbs, moves well while being strong enough to hold his blocks. Considering injuries along the offensive line in Washington, Patton could provide the unit with youth and versatility.
D’Marco Jackson, LB – Appalachian State
Speed and instinct are just some of the reasons D’Marco Jackson is the SunBelt Defensive Player of the Year. His athletic features and his sense of play allow him to play everywhere. This was evident in a loss to Louisiana-Lafayette in the SunBelt Championship game. He had 11 total tackles, 3.5 for a loss and a sack. At 6’1 “, 230 lbs, the senior appears to have the tools to be a three-way linebacker to the next level.
SirVocea Dennis, LB – Pittsburgh
Much like D’Marco Jackson, SirVocea Dennis is an explosive linebacker. The junior is a fast-twitch athlete who pulls spreads and enters the backfield with ease. He had a productive ACC Championship game with a total of 12 tackles and two sacks against Wake Forest.
Pittsburgh LB Sirvocea Dennis (@Sirvocea) is a fun player to study for this defense.
6 – 1,230 pounds
55 tackles and 4 sacks in 2020
Quick trigger, explosive descent on descent and can fall into cover. He’s a sophomore and a talented defender to watch during the 2021 season! pic.twitter.com/NDkph16SuQ
– Frontline sports media (@FrontLineSM_) January 11, 2021
Demarcco Hellams, S – Alabama
Earlier this season, I wrote on security in Alabama, John Battle. After his pick six against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, I got to talk about him again. But I’m talking about Demarcco Hellams, the other security for Alabama. Pride of Dematha, Hellams was excited and let those emotions fuel his game. He led the Crimson Tide with nine total tackles, one interception and one pass break. Hellams isn’t true free security, but all-round security that could fit into Jack Del Rio’s plan.
Daxton Hill, South Michigan
Another versatile and athletic player, junior Daxton Hill is one of the reasons Michigan’s defense is one of the best in the country. He can descend into the box and make plays against the run or fall into cover, man or the zone and have an impact. In the Big Ten Championship Game, Hill made five tackles, one for a loss, against Iowa.