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.
Dustin Crum, QB, Kent State
Kent State is off to a resounding start, led by quarterback Dustin Crum. The senior finished 22-of-25 for 348 passing yards, while gaining an additional 104 rushing yards and totaling five touchdowns during its trouncing of Akron. Crum showed tremendous poise in the pocket, great command and moxie, plus smart, decisive reactions. His accuracy through three games has been superb, connecting on 75% of his passes. Dating back to last season, Crum has totaled 4,334 yards over his past 16 games, while accounting for 38 touchdowns and just three interceptions, positioning himself to be one of the handful of senior signal-callers to hear his name called during draft weekend. The Golden Flashes are now 3-0 for the first time since 1955, thanks largely in part to the leadership and performance of Crum.
Kent State SR QB Dustin Crum threw for 348 yards, ran for 104, & scored a total of 5 times against Akron 👀 pic.twitter.com/LfigU4vylS
— Matt Hicks (@TheFF_Educator) November 18, 2020
Justin Hall, WR, Ball State
The Ball State offense has been putting up points in bushels behind the efforts of wide out weapon Justin Hall, who is a threat to take it to the house any time he touches the ball. It’s no wonder why you see the team implement ways to utilize his breakaway speed by featuring him in the backfield, on end arounds, screens and bubbles, in order to create opportunities for him to make plays in open space. His leaping abilities and elusiveness have been well chronicled. A four-year starter, Hall has accumulated 3,383 total yards and 14 touchdowns in 39 career games. His ability to return both punts and kickoffs could make him an appealing option for sticking around on Sundays.
Ball State’s Justin Hall breaks off an arm tackle and cruises to one of the easiest 60-plus yard touchdowns you can get!
34-17 Ball State with 7:39 to go 3Q. pic.twitter.com/NIfbP01CpE
— Hustle Belt (@HustleBelt) November 16, 2019
Sadarius Hutcherson, OL, South Carolina
While many of the South Carolina players have opted out of what has been a disappointing season, senior offensive guard Sadarius Hutcherson has gone on record that he will remain all in for the Gamecocks. Citing his leadership role on the team during an uncertain time in the program, which has included the firing of its head coach, Hutcherson continues to step up, which will not go unnoticed by NFL scouts. With 37 career starts under his belt, the Tennessee native boasts plenty of experience as a four-year starter in the SEC, including the past two seasons at left tackle. Hutcherson has also started at both guard spots, a position that he’ll probably play at the next level. Expect to hear his name called at some point during the draft weekend come April.
— Mike Uva (@Mike_Uva) November 22, 2020
Charles Snowden, LB, Virginia
It was a somber moment for Virginia linebacker Charles Snowden, whose season ended prematurely due to an ankle injury this past Saturday, which will require surgery. Snowden had just begun rounding into form after being utilized more in a pass-rushing role and compiling six sacks over his previous three games. A team captain and three-year starter for the Cavaliers, Snowden possesses excellent size and athleticism. His versatility to get after the quarterback or drop back in coverage could lead teams to view his role differently at the next level. We hope for a speedy recovery for the Maryland native who has earned the respect of his coaches, teammates, fans and scouts alike.
— Virginia Cavaliers (@VirginiaSports) September 25, 2018
Hunter Duplessis, K, UT-San Antonio
UTSA has won a handful of close games, including their most recent win over Southern Miss thanks to the leg of Hunter Duplessis, who has been Mr. Reliable. Duplessis has connected on 16-of-17 field goal attempts this year, including long-range conversions of 48, 49, 49 and 50 yards. The San Antonio native has had a consistent past two seasons that has now launched him into the NFL stratosphere. He has shown the ability to be an effective kickoff standout, while making 55 of his 56 career extra-point attempts. Don’t be surprised to see Duplessis in an NFL camp come August competing for a job.
— UTSA Football 🏈 (@UTSAFTBL) October 25, 2020
*Be sure to catch NFLPA Collegiate Bowl director of college recruiting Dane Vandernat this Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. ET on ‘The State of Football’ show live on @NFLDraftBible!