One of the underclassmen I'll be keeping an eye on this year is Georgia Tech's Jonathan Dwyer. Entering his junior year, I fully expect him to declare for next year's draft if things go according to plan in 2009. Possessing a great combination of power and speed, he could be the first running back taken next year. He started the season well against Jacksonville State today, rushing for 95 yards on just seven carries including two touchdowns. He was pulled from the game early and missed the second half.
Obviously it wasn't the greatest test for Dwyer this afternoon, but he still flashed the kind of ability that makes him one to watch. Seattle might be in the market for a running back next year.
I've just finished watching the Georgia vs Oklahoma State encounter. I intended to keep an eye on Dez Bryant, however he was held without a catch until just before half time. Then he exploded into life - nailing a solid 19 yard reception and following it up with a long bomb 46 yard TD. He outran double coverage before making an acrobatic catch at full stretch. He added another TD later on, but also had a couple of sloppy drops. He's a big, fast receiver who appears to run good routes. However, I'm not completely sold on him yet.
Earlier I watched the Ohio State/Navy game - thoroughly entertaining as the Buckeye's just about hung on to avoid an upset. A lot of attention will be thrown at OSU's QB Terrelle Pryor. He had a mixed game, often over throwing his receivers and putting a bit too much into his throws. He threw a key interception late in the game which handed Navy a chance to get back into it. When he looked good however, he looked very good. With a bit more poise and a bit more polish, he'll prove to be a very good player.
Tennessee's Eric Berry had a quiet afternoon as the Vols rolled over Wester Kentucky in Lane Kiffin's debut. He registered three tackles and broke up a pass, but couldn't add to his many highlight reels. He'll have the opportunity in the next two games, against UCLA and Florida.
Elsewhere it was a great day for break out candidate Joe McKnight. The USC running back was a highly regarded 5 star recruit but hasn't lived up to the hype so far. He got off to a great start today against San Jose State, rushing for 145 yards on 14 carries including two TD's. He caught a pass for 21 yards and returned a kick for 17. He is an extremely gifted, electrifying player. If he can show greater consistency there's no reason why he won't be a first round pick next year.
Tim Tebow and the Gators won their powder puff opener against Charlestown 62-3. Tebow was responsible for two TD's before an early finish. The super star included a child in a wheel chair during warm ups, before taking the youngster into the locker rooms for a tour. Whether you're a fan of Tebow's game or not, he's a stand up guy for sure.
Texas quarter back Colt McCoy started slowly but found a rhythm as the Longhorns defeated Louisiana-Monroe. Last year's Heisman runner-up passed for 317 and scored 2 TD's. Texas eventually won 59-20.
Jahvid Best made a stunning start to his 2009 season against Maryland. With just over five minutes on the clock, he scored with a 73 yard run. Less than 60 seconds later, he added a second TD from two yards. He finished with 137 yards from ten carries. If he stays healthy, this guy could be awesome.
My top rated senior, Ndamukong Suh, had a comfortable afternoon as Nebraska defeated Florida Atlantic 49-3. The talented DT wasn't totally happy about the performance of his defense, as they allowed 122 rushing yards. "Rate our defense? B-minus. There were a couple breakdowns, and that let them get some momentum. When we're point on, we're getting three-and-outs. There were some lax places that we need to clean up."
What do you think about opening weekend? Anyone impressed/disappointed you? Let me know in the comments section or email firstname.lastname@example.org