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. Also, be sure to monitor the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Big Board for new player additions throughout the season!
Ian Book, QB, Notre Dame
Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book orchestrated one of the best performances in school history, guiding the Fighting Irish to a monumental double-overtime win over No. 1 ranked Clemson. The senior team captain extended plays, converted in the clutch and led his team from behind, completing 22-of-39 passes for 310 yards and one touchdown. A noted team leader, Notre Dame coaches rave about Book’s football IQ, leadership and intangibles. This was clearly the signature moment of his five-year career in South Bend and should help sway NFL scouts that he can be a viable backup option in the pros.
Ian Book TD strike to tie the game 🔥
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 8, 2020
Jarret Doege, QB, West Virginia
A steady, consistent signal-caller beginning to gain some momentum is West Virginia senior Jarret Doege, who tallied his fourth consecutive 300-yard game, in a narrow loss to Texas. The transfer from Bowling Green has proven to be a smart decision-maker who shows excellent pocket poise and moxie. In 30 career games, Doege now has nearly 7,000 passing yards, completing 64% of his passes with a 57:21 touchdown-to-interception ratio. For NFL teams in search of a traditional pocket-passer type, the Lubbock, Texas native could be viewed as a developmental quarterback at the next level.
Another look at that weird play from Jarret Doege earlier in the second half. pic.twitter.com/7YG1z9Efdu
— Hook’em Headlines (@HookemHeadlines) November 7, 2020
Gerrid Doaks, RB, Cincinnati
Cincinnati Bearcats senior running back Gerrid Doaks totaled more than 200 all-purpose yards, including a career-high 184 rushing yards. The bruising runner who prides himself on playing a hard-nosed, physical brand of football, Doaks can pound it between the tackles and has also shown to be a capable pass-catcher out of the backfield. The Indianapolis native had endured various ailments in each of the past three seasons, but with a strong senior campaign, Doaks continues to garner the attention of NFL scouts.
Gerrid Doaks is good at football pic.twitter.com/lywQ2t9sTL
— #7️⃣Barstool Cincinnati (@UCBarstool) November 7, 2020
Trevon Grimes, WR, Florida
The athletic traits of Trevon Grimes were on full display during the Gators romp over Georgia, as the senior hauled in a pair of key catches, including a highlight-reel touchdown grab. A former five-star recruit who hails from high school powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas, Grimes transferred from Ohio State after the 2017 season and found himself stuck behind one of the most talented wide receivers corps in college football over the past few seasons. His size and athleticism offers an appealing upside at the next level, while he has also has shown vast improvement in his route running this season. After missing some time earlier this year while contemplating an opt-out, Grimes now has a chance to solidify his draft stock and possibly hear his name called on Day Three of the 2021 NFL Draft.
— OnlyGators.com 🐊 Florida Gators news (@onlygators) November 7, 2020
Evan Fields, DB, Arizona State
Arizona State had its hands full against USC on Saturday, but Sun Devils senior safety Evan Fields demonstrated why he is such a valuable cog, accumulating 17 tackles, forcing two fumbles and collecting a big pass breakup during the season-opener loss. With the Sun Devils switching from a 3-3-5 to a base 4-3 scheme, Fields adapted well in his new role, showing the ability to play in space and cover lots of ground. He has drawn praise from head coach Herm Edwards for his ability to play in the box and his effectiveness as a blitzer. The Oklahoma City native was second on the team with 84 tackles a year ago and is an ascending draft prospect, who should be viewed as a versatile sub package player at the next level.
ASU senior safety Evan Fields forces a fumble on USC sophomore running back Markese Stepp.
The Sun Devils take over possession with around six minutes left in the game leading 27-14. pic.twitter.com/uP4IMOqHKV
— SunDevilSource.com (@SunDevilSource) November 7, 2020