Each week, the scouting department at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will examine some of the top performances in college football by potential pro prospects that we are keeping an eye on. Be sure to monitor the NFLPA Bowl Watch List for new player additions throughout the season!
Bailey Zappe, QB, Houston Baptist
In Lubbock, Texas, the Houston Baptist Huskies nearly pulled off a huge upset versus Texas Tech behind the valiant effort of gunslinger quarterback Bailey Zappe, who was highly efficient, completing 30 of 49 passes for 567 yards and four touchdowns. His ability to throw the deep ball was on full display, tossing touchdown passes of 65, 65 and 75 yards. In addition, Zappe flashed the ability to alter arm angles and show an array of releases, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. His offensive coordinator is Zach Kittley, who was the Texas Tech quarterbacks coach when Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes was enrolled.
It’s safe to say that some of that magic has rubbed off on Zappe, as he now has thrown for more than 1,000 passing yards, with seven touchdowns and zero interceptions, through his first two games against FBS opponents. You can be sure that NFL scouts will be paying close attention to Zappe when the Huskies visit Conference USA foe Louisiana Tech in their next matchup.
HOUSTON BAPTIST!!! Bailey Zappe hits Josh Sterns deep for the 65 yard TD! Houston Baptist was down 21-3 at one point, they’ve scored 17 straight points since then! pic.twitter.com/6sRauP44Ls
— KÏŁŁÄ ČÄM (@FTBeard1) September 13, 2020
Jonathan Adams Jr., WR, Arkansas State
Another small school standout put together a big-game performance in Manhattan, Kansas this past weekend. This time, it was Arkansas State playmaker Jonathan Adams Jr., who totaled eight catches for 98 yards and a trio of touchdowns, including the game-winning score with just 38 seconds remaining, helping the Red Wolves prevail over Kansas State. The long, big-bodied receiver demonstrated tremendous athleticism, making several acrobatic catches and one-handed grabs, in addition to showing off his wide catch radius with his vertical game.
Last year, the NFLPA Bowl featured two Arkansas State wideouts who eventually landed on NFL rosters in Omar Bayless (Panthers) and Kirk Merritt (Dolphins). The next player to emerge from the pipeline could very well be the talented Adams Jr.
One of the best catches you’ll ever see by Jonathan Adams pic.twitter.com/LBTgbWua62
— Thor Nystrom (@thorku) September 12, 2020
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish defensive dynamo that is Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, was flying all over the field on Saturday with nine tackles, including two tackles for loss, one sack and a forced fumble. The converted safety has thrived in his new linebacker (rover) role, demonstrating the type of natural instincts, athleticism and closing speed that could make him a very high selection once the NFL Draft rolls around.
His performance was an excellent start to the season, which caught the attention of our scouting staff and also helped guide Notre Dame to the win over Duke in their first ever ACC matchup in school history.
The JOKer, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah forces the fumble and the #Irish take over.
Also, Kyle Hamilton, the greatest football player in world history, with an ugly knee injury 😭
Please God let it be a stinger pic.twitter.com/Vc7nA8WjNJ
— 4 Horsemen Podcast (@HorsemenPod) September 12, 2020
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