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 Collegiate Bowl Big Board for new player additions throughout the season!
Kyle Trask, QB, Florida:
You could not have scripted the season opener any better for Gators quarterback Kyle Trask, who set a career-high with 416 passing yards to go along with an SEC single-game record six touchdown passes, as Florida romped Mississippi. Trask showcased his ability to work all parts of the field, spreading the ball around to 11 different receivers, while his touchdown passes averaged 21.2 yards per pass. We’ve seen a slew of quarterbacks catapult themselves to the No. 1 overall pick in recent years, such as Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray and Joe Burrow, while others such as Dwayne Haskins and Mitchell Trubisky went from relatively unknowns to first-round picks. Could Trask be the next in line? It shouldn’t be ruled out.
Kyle Trask making it look easy! 🔥
— Schillers_Sports_Talk (@SchillersT) September 26, 2020
K.J. Costello, QB, Mississippi State:
Not to be outdone in the SEC, quarterback K.J. Costello set a single-game conference record with 623 passing yards, as Mississippi State upset the defending champion LSU Tigers. The transfer from Stanford overcame four turnovers to lead the Bulldogs to an impressive victory in his season debut, demonstrating the type of poise and leadership that could make for a match made in heaven with Bulldogs new head coach Mike Leach. We have seen plenty of Leach-coached signal callers make their way to the next level, but Costello is by far the most cerebral quarterback that Leach has ever had to work with. And the way that NFL offenses are trending, Costello could become a hot commodity come April.
Can’t do it any better than this, nice touch by KJ Costello pic.twitter.com/JGd9HpL1o7
— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) September 26, 2020
Spencer Brown, RB, UAB:
After battling injuries for much of the past two seasons, UAB power back Spencer Brown took it upon himself to get leaner and meaner heading into his final season, dropping nearly 20 pounds. Early indications are that it has paid handsome dividends, as Brown has looked faster and more explosive. This past week, he added to his touchdown total, scoring on runs of 15, 1 and 20 yards, while setting a new school record with 36 career touchdowns. A noted workout warrior, Brown can squat 600-plus pounds without effort and has left a notorious history of weight room stories behind during his legendary Blazers career. He’s also the school’s all-time leading rusher, as well as the nation’s second active career leading rusher with 3,323 yards, behind only Clemson running back Travis Etienne. Remember the name, as Spencer Brown has the makeup of a pro back.
Spencer Brown’s third TD of the night breaks a @UAB_FB program record!
Brown now holds the top spot for most rushing TDs in program history with 3️⃣6️⃣ career touchdowns 🙌
— Conference USA (@ConferenceUSA) September 25, 2020
Justus Reed, DL, Virginia Tech:
The long, winding road that is the career of Justus Reed has led to Blacksburg, where the pass-rush specialist is making the most of his latest opportunity. After finishing with 19 tackles for loss, including 13 sacks a year ago, the sack master is off to a fast start once again, registering two sacks in the Hokies season-opener win over North Carolina State. His length, strength and quickness are three attributes that will warrant a look at the next level for the seventh-year senior. Reed spent his first three seasons at Florida before transferring to Youngstown State, where he spent the past three years and ultimately decided to transfer to Virginia Tech for a chance to play in the fall in 2020. If selected, Reed would become the oldest player chosen in the NFL Draft since Brandon Weeden (2012).
DE Justus Reed with the SACK pic.twitter.com/UheHDL7EIf
— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) September 27, 2020
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