College football is in full swing and the stars have been standing out, as we expected them too but what about players that are having seasons that are nearly the same if not better but not receiving the media attention as others? In this article I’m going to outline seven players that are having massive seasons that the media aren’t talking about enough.
Davis Brin, QB, Tulsa
Brin is currently leading in charge of the 18th ranked offense in college football ahead of teams like Clemson, Penn State, Michigan State, Oklahoma, and Texas. Brin is having a breakout year in which he’s currently completing just under 64% of his attempts for 1206 yards, 11 TD, and only one interception. His passing yards and touchdowns both rank first in the FBS. Brin has already thrown for 400+ yards twice this year and will get more chances to do so vs top talent. Tulsa will look to play spoiler to Ole Miss on Saturday, a game with Brin could continue to dominate the stat sheet.
Jacoby Windmon, LB, Michigan State
Windmon transferred from UNLV after a season which saw him post 119 tackles, 12 TFL, and 6.5 sacks. Well he’s possibly the best defensive player in college football right now. Windmon became a chess piece on the Spartans defense, having registered snaps at safety, linebacker, nickel corner, and defensive line. Currently Windmon, in three games, has registered 15 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, two pass breakups, and four forced fumbles. His tackles for loss rank sixth in the nation, while he’s also first in sacks, and forced fumbles. Windmon is shooting up draft boards and it seems like almost no one knows who he is.
Khalan Laborn, HB, Marshall
The former Florida State running back, Laborn entered the year as the backup to All-American running back Rasheen Ali but after Ali decided to take a leave of absence for personal reasons, Laborn was shot up the depth chart and became the starter. Laborn has quickly raked up 422 rushing yards and five touchdowns on only 67 attempts, good for a 6.3 average. Laborn dominated the stat sheet in Marshall’s upset win over Notre Dame going for 163 yards and a score on 31 attempts. He’s currently 5th in the FBS for yardage and touchdowns.
Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas
Sanders is an Alabama transfer who broke out this year, sense a theme yet? He’s currently recorded 28 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, and five sacks while also adding two batted passes and two forced fumbles. His tackles for loss rank eighth in the FBS while his five sacks are good for second, only behind the previously mentioned Jacoby Windmon. He’s also tied for third in forced fumbles. Sanders is another player looking to raise his draft stock and he’s on pace for a strong season which will certainly put him on the map with more people.
Charlie Jones, WR, Purdue
Jones has had a wild career so far, starting as a two star recruit at Buffalo before transferring to Iowa after his freshman year. He posted 323 yards and three touchdowns in two years at Iowa while mainly being a return specialist before transferring again to Purdue. In only three games this season Jones has already put up 32 receptions, 474 yards and five touchdowns, all of which are career highs. He leads the FBS in receptions, is second in yards and touchdowns. Jones has been a staple of the Boilermakers passing attack. He’s recorded 150+ yards twice this year from the slot.
Peter Skoronski, T, Northwestern
If you are a draft analyst or simply a fan you’ll know who Skoronski is but what you probably don’t know is how dominant he’s been this year. Skoronski has recorded a 90.9 PFF grade which is first among FBS tackles and his 92.5 pass block grade is also first. He’s yet to allow a pressure and has only been flagged once. Skoronski is playing better football than every other offensive lineman in college and it shows. Skoronski will be facing a gauntlet of Big10 pass rushers soon, and it’ll be crucial for him to keep up his play which I think he definitely can.
Derek Parish, DL, Houston
Parish is currently one of the best true pass rushers in college football. He’s recorded a 19.2% pass rush win rate which is top 15 in college football among defensive lineman, he’s also added 8.5 tackles for loss, and fives sacks. He leads the nation in tackles for loss and his sack count is second tied with Drew Sanders. Parish has the ability to take over the game for Houston as he showed vs Texas Tech putting up four sacks, five tackles for loss and a forced fumble. He’ll have the chance to continue building on his quick start vs some more competitive teams.
Ali Jennings, WR, Old Dominion
Jennings is quickly becoming known as one of the most explosive players in college football, he’s put up an average 21 yards per reception which is 19th in the FBS. His 419 yards rank him fifth in the nation, while four touchdowns put him tied for sixth. Jennings has the size, speed, and hands to become a strong receiver in the NFL and he is showing the ability to dominate games vs power five opponents. The SunBelt is loaded with talented DBs so he will continue to get tested as the year goes on.
Jaylan Ford, LB/S, Texas
Jaylan Ford has become a quality defender on the Texas defense and he was a crucial piece in Texas nearly upsetting Alabama a week ago. The junior is quickly rising up draft boards, and it’s well deserving. Over the last two weeks alone he’s posted 25 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and two sacks along with a forced fumble. Ford seems to have finally come into the talent he showed in high school and if he does it won’t take him long to hear his name called in April.
Nick Hampton, DE, App State
Hampton was one of the most prolific pass rushers in college football last year posting 18 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, and two pass breakups. He returned for his final season and in three games been a crucial part in the Mountaineers strong start posting three sacks, four tackles for loss, a forced fumble and two pass breakups. Hampton has the ability to cover, defend the run, and obviously pass rush. He’s also added a 21.4% pass rush win rate which is good for top 10 in the FBS.