What We Learned In College Football Week 8

Who’s Up?

Arden Key (Edge Rusher) & Derrius Guice (RB), LSU:  It sure has been an up and down year for LSU fans. It has also been an up and down year for two of their top NFL prospects in Arden Key and Derrius Guice. Both players showed Saturday why they are still deserving of first round consideration. Guice carried the ball 22 times for 276 yards and a touchdown while Key recorded 2 sacks for the Tiger’s defense. LSU will have a bye this week before traveling to Tuscaloosa on November 4th. You better believe NFL scouts will be out in full force at that one.

Who’s Down?

Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State:  Rudolph has been dominant this season at the QB position. Rudolph wasn’t able to get the offense working on all cylinders Saturday at rival Texas. His statistics (25/38 for 282 yards) were very underwhelming in comparison to the numbers he has put up all season. It is ok to have a down game. To be honest, every QB in college football probably has at least one game this season that they would like to press the restart button on. What is more concerning, to me at least, is the way Oklahoma State managed the game late in regulation. The Cowboys had the ball with a chance to win the game and decided to take the ball out of Rudolph’s hands and play conservative hoping to win in overtime. If a NFL team is going to take Rudolph in the first round they are going to expect him to be able to drive his team down the field and win the game. They are also going to trust that he won’t lose the game. Obviously Rudolph can only execute the plays being called but why wouldn’t Mike Gundy want to give his guy a chance to win it?

I See You

Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State:  Gesicki may have modest statistics on the year (24 catches for 228 yards and 4 touchdowns) but there is nothing modest about Mike as a NFL prospect. He is an athletic freak for his size at 6’6 and 250 pounds. Gesicki has a background in basketball and volleyball and showed his ridiculous hops by leaping over QB Trace McSorely celebrating one of Penn State’s several scores over rival Michigan. Gesicki also catches the ball at it’s highest point. When you consider that, his 6’6 height, and his elite vertical…Gesicki is a very difficult matchup and has sure hands. Gesicki would be the primary option for almost any offense in the country but there are a lot of stars to share the ball at Penn State this year. I asked a Penn State fan a couple of weeks ago if there was a NFL comparison that reminds him of Gesicki, his response was Jimmy Graham.

Who is The Winner of The Main Event?

Mike McGlinchey vs. USC Edge Rushers  Saturday Film Session Week 8

Usually I give a quick summary of  the game that each player played, or in this case players, before deciding which party won the matchup. This one wasn’t close so I am going to save everyone some time and pronounce Mike McGlinchey the clear victor.

McGlinchey is and has been one of my favorite players to watch over the past couple of years. He is fun to scout because he is such a sound technician at his position. Mike is quick off the snap to get in his set in pass protection. He gets his long arms on his man quickly and steers him to set the pocket. He has quick feet and rarely gets beat by a speed rusher trying to run around him. McGlinchey almost never gets fooled either with stunts or delayed blitzes.  While Mike is solid in pass protection, he is even better as a run blocker. Mike wouldn’t necessarily be considered a mauler in the run game that will drive his defender 5 yards off the ball but, again, wins with technique. McGlinchey is much more athletic than he is given credit for. He hardly ever misses his block even if it is in the second level or if his job is to pull.

McGlinchey has experience playing both LT and RT and has played well at both for Notre Dame. The popular consensus would be to suggest that McGlinchey starts his career at RT in the NFL. I disagree as I believe that McGlinchey definitely has the length, attitude, and athleticism to protect his QB’s blind side on the left. It is easy to say that Notre Dame has the best LT and LG combination in college football. I will take it a step further and say that the two would form one of the better tackle/guard combinations in the NFL if they ever had the opportunity to play together on Sundays.




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