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!
Feleipe Franks, QB, Arkansas
The roller coaster career that is Feleipe Franks rode itself back up the tracks with a precision passing performance against Mississippi State, guiding Arkansas to its first SEC win in 21 games. Franks utilized play action well throughout the day, showing off his strong arm and ability to throw on the run, rolling out on multiple occasions, while completing 20-of-28 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns. The transfer from Florida, who lost his starting job after suffering an ankle injury, came to Arkansas looking for a fresh start. He was quick to earn the respect of both his coaches and teammates, being named a team captain; and while his consistency has been streaky, pro scouts are still intrigued by his potential. Born into a military family and raised on a farm tending to horses, Franks also has one of the more well-versed background stories. Keep an eye on his development, as his size, mobility and perseverance have him on the NFL radar.
Feleipe Franks had 2 TD, Joe Foucha had 2 INT.
Arkansas upset #16 Mississippi State 21-14. Razorbacks get their first SEC win since 2017.
Video + Sam Pittman reaction from SEC Network.
— Chris Hudgison (@ChrisHudgison) October 4, 2020
Khalil Herbert, RB, Virginia Tech
Big-time performances have become something of the norm for Virginia Tech running back Khalil Herbert, who had himself a monstrous day. Herbert had an 83-yard kickoff return and two rushing touchdowns, including one 60-yard scamper on his way to setting a new Hokies single game school-record with 358 all-purpose yards. Herbert is currently one of the most underrated prospects in the land, and with his elite-level vision and explosiveness, there is no doubt that he’s ascending on draft boards around the league.
➖ 358 all-purpose yards
➖ 208 rush yards
➖ 2 rush TDs
— ACC Network (@accnetwork) October 3, 2020
Reggie Roberson Jr., WR, SMU
It was the biggest day any SMU wideout has ever had, as Reggie Roberson became the first Mustangs player ever to amass more than 200 yards receiving in a single game. Roberson Jr. flashed his run-after-catch skillset, scoring on receptions of 70 and 85 yards to total a whopping 243 receiving yards on five catches and help give SMU a win in a wild shootout with Memphis. Roberson Jr. did all this without even playing in the fourth quarter due to an injury that, thankfully, isn’t considered and will be re-evaluated this week before their next game on October 16 at Tulane.
Reggie Roberson with one of the nastiest moves of the century
— PFF College (@PFF_College) October 3, 2020
Emeka Emezie, WR, N.C. State
Keep an eye on EMEKA EMEZIE, as the Wolfpack look to open up the offense more in the coming weeks. His athleticism and ball skills were at the forefront this past Saturday, as Emezie made several acrobatic clutch catches in their upset win over Pittsburgh, including the game-winning reception with just 23 seconds left. A descent of Nigeria, the former basketball player owns an excellent vertical game to go along with ideal size and speed. Emezie placed an extra emphasis on his route running and conditioning during the offseason, which is now paying huge dividends, making him one to watch as we get closer to April.
NC State’s game winning TD! Devin Leary 13 yard TD to Emeka Emezie! Great throw & catch! pic.twitter.com/QeEOy3C5Qi
— KÏŁŁÄ ČÄM (@FTBeard1) October 3, 2020
Tony Fields II, LB, West Virginia
A graduate transfer from Arizona, Tony Fields II has had a huge impact for West Virginia early on, providing great leadership, experience and what head coach Neal Brown calls a ‘train stopper’ mentality. Those intangibles were on display once again, as Fields II racked up 10 tackles, including two for loss, with one sack, one pass deflection and a handful of quarterback pressures, as the Mountaineers upended Baylor. A three-year starter at WILL linebacker during his time in Tuscon, Fields II has moved to the MIKE position this season in Morgantown. Through three games, the Las Vegas native now has a team-high 29 tackles, bringing his career total to 316, while also raising his draft profile. With a multi-faceted skill-set, Fields II possesses the ability to take on blocks and stuff the run effectively, in addition to being able to drop back in coverage or get after the quarterback when asked to serve as a pass-rusher, makes Fields II a valuable commodity at the next level.
Arizona Linebacker Transfer Tony Fields II is making a HUGE impact today for West Virginia. pic.twitter.com/qDpR4i2kBH
— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) October 3, 2020